Ohio Board of Pharmacy Report Shows Decline in Opioid Prescribing for Fourth Consecutive Year

A recent report issued by the State Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) shows that opioid prescribing in the state has declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2016. The full 2016 OARRS Annual Report is available here.

As reported, the total number of opioids dispensed to Ohio patients between 2012 and 2016 decreased by 162 million doses, or 20.4%—from a peak of 793 million doses to 631 million doses. The report also shows a 78.2% decrease in the amount of people engaged in the practice of doctor shopping since 2012. And, the use of OARRS continued to increase—reaching an all-time high of 24.11 million requests in 2016.

“This report highlights the state’s continued efforts to promote best practices when treating patients with prescription opioids,” said State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Steven W. Schierholt. “I am confident that such best practices, including the use of OARRS, will further decrease opioid prescribing and expose fewer Ohioans to these potentially addictive medications.”

To access the OARRS website, click here.

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