Prescribed Opioid Sales Down in Ohio

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Fewer opioids are being prescribed in Ohio. According to new numbers from the Pharmacy Board, fewer opiods are being prescribed in Ohio. 


The state's digital tracking system, called OARRS (the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System), shows a 28-percent drop between 2012 and 2017. The system helps doctors and pharmacists track who gets what prescription and how often. 


State numbers indicate a peak of 793 million opioid doses in 2012, and a record four-thousand overdose deaths in 2017. The decline amounts to a subtraction of 225-million doses. Schierholt credits the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System for the 28-percent drop between 2012 and 2017.

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