Fewer prescription opioids dispensed in Ohio in 2018, report shows

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The number of prescription opioids dispensed to Ohioans declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2018, according to a reporting system used by the state.

A recently released annual report from the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy's Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System showed the total number of opioids dispensed to Ohio patients decreased by 325 million doses, or 41 percent, from 2012 to 2018. Total opioid prescriptions issued to Ohioans for that same period decreased by 4.6 million.

The report also found prescribers and pharmacists used the prescription reporting system at record levels. Health-care providers requested more than 142 million patient reports in 2018.

Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement that the downward trend demonstrates that Ohio's prescribers are making "significant progress in their efforts to prevent addiction."

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