As the only statewide electronic database that stores all controlled substance dispensing and personal furnishing information, the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) helps prescribers and pharmacists avoid potentially life-threatening drug interactions as well as identify individuals fraudulently obtaining controlled substances from multiple healthcare providers.
- A record use of OARRS. Sixty-three thousand (63,000) pharmacists and prescribers have instant access to OARRS as part of their workflow thanks to the significant onboarding effort throughout the state.
- The number of opioid doses and prescriptions dispensed to Ohio patients continued to decrease. Total doses of opioids decreased from a high of 793 million in 2012 to 319 million in 2021, a 60% decrease. The total number of opioid prescriptions decreased by 7.1 million between 2012 and 2021, a 56% decrease.
- The number of benzodiazepine doses and prescriptions dispensed to Ohio patients continued to decrease. Total doses of benzodiazepines decreased from a high of 297 million in 2012 to 159 million in 2021, a 46% decrease. The total number of benzodiazepine prescriptions decreased by 1.93 million between 2012 and 2021, a 39% decrease.
To learn more about OARRS, please visit the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy website.