Prescription Drug Resources for Physicians


Take Charge Ohio

Several state agencies--including the Ohio Department of Health, Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT), Prescription Drug Abuse Action Group (PDAAG), and state licensing boards including the State Medical Board of Ohio--have developed the Take Charge Ohio initiative. Each partner offered expertise and experience related to its field to provide a full picture of the current state of pain medication use in Ohio. These partners also shared resources, now allowing Ohio patients and prescribers to access valuable tools and information on one The mission of this initiative is to empower safe pain management and medication use by educating patients and providing resources for healthcare providers.

A toolkit specifically for healthcare professionals is available here. It contains patient education resources; Ohio's laws, rules and guidelines; pain management literature; and more.

The AMCNO was initially involved in the GCOAT and continues to participate as a member of the PDAAG.


Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team

A few years ago, Governor John Kasich created the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team to attack the statewide prescription drug epidemic. This online resource center is available for clinicians to learn and implement the state's new guidelines for precribing opioid pain killers.

AMCNO physician members and staff are members of this team and have been involved in providing assistance to its initiatives. To learn more about our involvement, click here.


Attorney General's Office

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office approaches Ohio's drug problems from many angles, as shown on its website.  Here, you can also find a listing of prescription drug drop boxes.


Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System

The Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS), established in 2006, is a tool that assists healthcare professionals in providing better treatment for patients with medical needs while quickly identifying drug-seeking behaviors. To view additional resources, click here.


State Medical Board of Ohio

The State Medical Board of Ohio has several online resources available for prescribers, including information about OARRS, pain clinics and opioid prescribing. You can also click here to access the "Red Flag" Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse.


CDC Injury Prevention & Control: Prescription Drug Overdose website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a website dedicated to the prescription drug overdose epidemic in the United States. Here, you will find information geared toward healthcare providers, the public and prescribing practices for the state. How the CDC is fighting the epidemic is also addressed.

The CDC also offers additional information for physicians under the Clinician Outreach and Community Activity (COCA) section on its website. This resource provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats (such as the opioid epidemic). The goal is to foster partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency. Click here to view the webpage.


American Medical Association Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

The American Medical Association has created a webpage for Preventing Opioid Abuse. It contains resources for physicians to review as well as webinars and training tools to help combat the issue.


U.S. Surgeon General - TurnTheTideRx

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has launched, a campaign and website that contains information on pain and opioids as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Prescribing Guideline. Physicians can also join the pledge to help turn the tide on the opioid crisis. In addition, a Treatment Option Toolbox is available on the site. 


Ohio State Medical Association - Smart Rx Infographics

The Ohio State Medical Association's (OSMA) statewide campaign is aimed at addressing Ohio's prescription drug abuse problem--Safe Medicine and Responsible Treatment, or Smart Rx. OSMA and Mindset Digital have developed six infographics for use on the web and social media to illustrate opioid epidemic issues and how Smart Rx can help. 

 To learn more about the program, click here.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - MATx App

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a free mobile application to assist practitioners who currently provide or plan on providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders.

The app, called MATx, features information on treatment approaches and medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the treatment of opioid use disorders; a buprenorphine prescribing guide, which includes information on the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 waiver process and patient limits; clinical support tools, such as treatment guidelines, ICD-10 coding, and recommendations for working with special populations; and access to critical helplines and SAMHSA's treatment locators. 

For more information and to download the app, click here


Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health's website features a page dedicated to stopping overdoses. It highlights recognizing the signs of abuse, testimonials, and Project DAWN sites throughout the state.

To access the page, click here.  

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