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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Ohio State Profile (2021)

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The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) reports 2020 data and 2021 features of the Ohio state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).



The acronym of the Ohio PDMP is OARRS. It is administered by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The email address is provided, along the URLs of the main website and related websites for enrollment, query, data upload, and statistics. Contact information is provided for the Director of OARRS. In 2020, the state population was 11,808,848, and there were 63,720 DEA-registered prescribers and 2,413 DEA-registered dispensers. A total of 23 types of reports available from the PDMP are listed. Sources of the funding for the PDMP in 2021 are licensing fees and a CDC grant. The 2021 budget amount is not reported. There are six staff members, with four providing operational functions and two performing analytical/epidemiological functions. Key dates in the establishment and development of the PDMP are listed, and information is provided for accessing statutes and rules pertinent to the establishment and operations of the PDMP. Ten miscellaneous capabilities and policies of the PDMP are noted. The data retention policy is to purge data after 5 years, with the option of retaining de-identified data. No training is reported to be available or required before PDMP use. Information required for establishing a PDMP account is provided. Law enforcement access to PDMP patient information requires a pre-existing active investigation. Information needed to conduct a patient query is provided. Non-healthcare users are allowed online accounts. Enrollment in and the use of the PDMP is required for prescribers and dispensers. There are compliance mandates for enrollment and use. Veterinarians can and do voluntarily enroll as data requesters. Data monitored or accessible pertain to drugs listed in Schedules II-V, and medical marijuana dispensing is monitored.