OARRS is the system used in Ohio by Doctors and Pharmacists to track prescription medication traffic. It lets us know what doctors are prescribing or perhaps over-prescribing as well as who may be attempting to obtain medication for resale or to support their addiction. It is supposed to be used every time a Doctor writes for certain medications; it is not always used. Here you’ll find a link to the practicum for Pharmacists as to when they need to be checking OARRS.
This is an important tool used in battling this epidemic, and it is working. We are seeing reductions in abusive prescribing but we must sustain it. Ask your Pharmacist next time you’re in how it is working for them. We’d love to hear what feedback you receive.