The Issue

Several state agencies and licensing boards developed the Take Charge Ohio initiative. Each partner provided expertise and experience related to its field to provide a full picture of the current state of pain medication use in Ohio. These partners also shared resources, allowing Ohio patients and prescribers to access valuable tools and information on one site.

The Stats

Every 2 hours, an Ohioan dies from an unintentional drug overdose.

Four out of five people who started using heroin in the past year had previously used prescription pain relievers non-medically.

In 2016, more than 631 million opioid doses were dispensed to Ohio patients.

63% of Ohioans who died from unintentional overdose had a prescription for a controlled substance within the past year.