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Ohio Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Actions health care & allied health professional associations can take to address the issue of prescription drug abuse:

  1. Create a Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee within your organization.
  2. Initiate education campaigns for members regarding the problem of unintentional overdose deaths. Review the Health Care Resources information sheet for links to many of the training topics listed below.
  3. Invite presenters to educate members at meetings.
  4. Keep members informed via e-newsletters and regular organization publications/communications
  5. Promote implementation of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) or other alcohol/drug abuse screening and referral programs.    
  6. Promote and support the development, adoption, and implementation of clinical of pain management guidelines and opioid prescribing guidelines in all health care systems. 
  7. Support the implementation of electronic medical records and E-prescribing in Ohio.
  8. Encourage physicians and other prescribers to register with and use the OARRS administered by the Board of Pharmacy (BOP). 
  9. Encourage continuing education credits in pain management for health care professionals for licensure renewal.
  10. Develop incentives to encourage prescribers to participate in continuing education courses, register for OARRS  and/or implement pain management guidelines.
  11. Support mandatory curriculum related to this topic for medical/allied health professional students. 
  12. Participate in local drug take-back events to help raise public awareness. See the ODH Drug Disposal Day Guidelines.


Suggested Health Care Provider Education/Training Topic Areas:

  • Extent of the problem, US, Ohio, County
  • Dangers of prescribing multiple medications, especially multiple central nervous system (CNS) depressants, specifically opioids, sedatives, anxiolytics and muscle relaxants, and anti-depressants (OSAMRADs) simultaneously
  • Signs of substance misuse/abuse, disease of addiction, assessment/identification, discussing abuse with patients, identifying and managing drug seeking behavior and referrals to substance abuse treatment providers
  • Chronic pain management including types of pain, psychology of pain, tolerance/dependence/addiction, patient education and safety (e.g., medication contracts, drug screens), discussion of risks with patients, and alternative (non-opioid) treatment strategies
  • Available resources for opioid prescribing, dosing, etc.
  • Use of clinical opioid prescribing guidelines for acute and chronic pain
  • Ohio laws related to prescription drug fraud
  • OARRS, state prescription monitoring program, including description, importance and any registration and use requirements/recommendations
  • Importance of safe medication storage and disposal


Train Health Care Providers to educate patients receiving pain medication about:

  • Importance of taking medication as prescribed
  • Dangers of sharing medication
  • Dangers of taking multiple medications, especially multiple central nervous system (CNS) depressants simultaneously
  • Alternative pain management strategies
  • Importance of safe medication storage and disposal


Provide resources on the organization’s web site such as:

  • One-stop toolkit
  • Links to relevant resources
  • Educational materials
  • Announcements for relevant events such as medication take-back days, seminars, etc.

Last Updated: 1/31/2017