Ohio continues to make progress against the opioid epidemic
The total doses of opioids dispensed decreased from a high of 793 million in 2012 to 658 million in 2017 — a decrease of nearly 30 percent.
In October 2015, Governor Kasich announce an investment of up to $1.5 million a year to integrate the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) directly into electronic medical records and pharmacy dispensing systems across the state, allowing instance access for prescribers and pharmacists. As a result of this initiative, 19,568 prescribers and pharmacists were able to immediately access OARRS within their clinical workflow by the end of 2017. The number of queries for patient information in OARRS increased from 1.78 million in 2011 to 88.96 million in 2017 — a 4,900% increase.
The number of individuals engaged in doctor shopping behavior decreased from 2,205 in 2011 to 273 in 2017 — a decrease of 88 percent.
To date, 500,000 low-income adults have been treated for mental health and addiction through Medicaid benefits extended to the working poor. Treatment programming connected with drug courts has also proven successful, with medication-assisted treatment programs now established in courts in seven counties and demonstrating results that increase employment and stable housing while decreasing recidivism. Ohio has also funded efforts to support best practices for our most vulnerable population, babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, improving treatment across the state.