Rep. Cupp Announces House Passage Of Legislation To Improve Collection Of Opioid-Related Data
House Bill 535 helps state effort to curb opioid epidemic
September 25, 2018
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) announced the passage of the Opioid Data and Communication Expansion Act by the Ohio House of Representatives, which is aimed at tackling Ohio’s drug epidemic through improved data collection.

House Bill 535 would require hospitals to report monthly to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) the number of drug overdoses brought to the hospital and whether the overdose was fatal or non-fatal. It also requires the Ohio Department of Public Safety to submit to ODH non-identifying information related to the administration of naloxone, such as location, date, and number of doses applied. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan, is frequently used as a treatment option for the reversal of an opioid overdose. Having such data will be vital in determining if resources are readily available for the treatment of an overdose.

“To help curb the opioid scourge and to determine where to focus needed resources, it’s important to have as much reliable information and data as practical to better assess the need and to target effective solutions,” Cupp said. “This bill will help meet that need.”

The dispensing of naltrexone (Vivitrol) would also be monitored within the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) under the bill. OARRS collects information on all outpatient prescriptions for controlled substances. This is a tool that can be used to address prescription drug diversion and abuse. The data collected would be broken down according to county and sent to each county’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board (ADAMHS) on a monthly basis in order to properly allocate resources to services based on need in each specific area.

This information will help expand education, intervention, treatment and recovery supports, while prioritizing services where needed most.

House Bill 535 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

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