Source: State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy released the 2018 Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) Annual Report. The report shows continued progress in reducing the supply of prescription opioids. The total doses of opioids dispensed decreased from a high of 793 million in 2012 to 468 million in 2018, a 41% decrease.
The number of queries for patient information in OARRS increased from 1.78 million in 2011 to 142.50 million in 2018, a 7,900% increase. In 2018, the average number of OARRS requests per weekday exceeded 500,000 for the first time on record. Between 2012 and 2018, the total doses of benzodiazepines dispensed decreased from a high of 297 million in 2012 to 197 million in 2018, a 34% decrease.