Board of Pharmacy Receives Federal Funding to Address Prescription Drug Abuse

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (BOP) has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, in the amount of $399,918, to fund a two-year pre-criminal intervention program to address prescription drug abuse.

The program will use data from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) to identify individuals who are exhibiting possible signs of prescription drug abuse, including those who are seeing multiple prescribers to illegally obtain controlled substances (known as “doctor shopping”). Once these individuals are identified, they will be contacted by specially trained BOP agents, with the help of local law enforcement and county treatment agencies, to assist them with limiting their overutilization of the healthcare system, and they will be connected to appropriate drug treatment or other support services.

The intervention program is funded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. For more information, click here.

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