Substance Use Disorder Programs

Shutting Down Stigma Against SUD

People with substance use disorder (SUD) face stigma on many fronts – from themselves, their loved ones, and even their medical providers. Research shows that clinicians do often have biases against patients with addiction. When patients feel stigmatized, they may avoid seeking treatment or disregard clinician recommendations and experience worse outcomes. Learn steps clinicians can take to becoming an advocate for patients with SUD.

Brought to you by the PA Foundation with support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network Dissemination Initiative.

Allied Against Opioid Abuse

Prescription opioids are fueling a national epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms daily for not using opioid prescriptions as directed.

Addressing the national opioid abuse epidemic requires bringing together stakeholders from all levels of government, the healthcare community and supply chain to provide patients and their families with information and resources to address the crisis and help prevent further harm.

That’s where Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) can help. AAOA is a partner-based educational initiative founded by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance to prevent prescription opioid abuse and misuse. The PA Foundation has joined with other leading partners including Caregiver Action Network, Mental Health America, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and the National Council on Patient Information and Education to arm healthcare providers, patients and their families with resources to help prevent old or unused prescriptions from ending up in the wrong hands.

By providing educational resources for patients and their caregivers, healthcare providers and pharmacists, AAOA hopes to help communities reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription opioids and provide resources to ensure unused medicines are safely disposed of to prevent unintended consequences.

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Vital Minds Podcast

The PA Foundation addresses the topic of substance use disorder in several episodes of its Vital Minds podcast:

Preparing to Address Substance Use Disorder in Practice: A PA Student Guide

Healthcare provider walking down a hallway with a patient; text overlay with PA Student SUD Guide titleThe PA Foundation has free online resources for PA students based on the PA Student SUD Symposium at AAPA 2019. The online guide includes five videos from sessions recorded at the symposium, as well as a comprehensive resource section for those wishing to pursue additional training or learn more about SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery.

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Other Resources

Funding Support
OUD in the Hospital Setting
Addressing SUD in PA Practice
Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorder