To help pharmacists engage and educate their patients about their rights, risks and responsibilities related to prescription opioids, NASPA and the state pharmacy associations worked with Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) on a toolkit. AAOA is a national education and awareness initiative, which NASPA has joined, to help prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids. The resources include tips for talking with patients and caregivers about prescription opioids, prescriber engagement guide, patient engagement guide and point-of-service resources for patients visiting a pharmacy.
“As the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll on communities across the country, pharmacists have a responsibility to raise awareness and take action at the local level to help reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids,” said NASPA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Snead in the press release. “The AAOA Pharmacy Toolkit is a collaborative effort on the part of stakeholders who are committed to educating pharmacists, as well as patients, caregivers and community members about appropriate access, safe use and proper disposal of opioid medications.”