Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features some broader news from the opioid epidemic with a recent report from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) that found number of prescription opioids dispensed to Ohioans declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2018.
Key findings from the report included that the total number of opioids dispensed to Ohio patients decreased by 325 million doses or 41% between 2012-2018. During the same period, the total number of opioid prescriptions issued to Ohioans decreased by 4.6 million. The report also noted that prescribers and pharmacists are utilizing OARRS at record levels, with 2018 seeing more than 142 million patient reports requested by healthcare providers. The expanded use of the system also led to an 89% decrease in the number of Ohioans engaging in doctor shopping behavior last year.
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