The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is charged with investigating and presenting evidence of violations of any of the federal or state
drug laws by any person to the appropriate court (federal, state, or municipal) for prosecution of the offender
(O.R.C. Chapter 2925). To assist law enforcement, the Board offers a number of resources that can be accessed from this page.
OARRS for Law Enforcement Training
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the release of a new eOPOTA course: OARRS for Law Enforcement.
The purpose of this 1-hour course is to provide foundational knowledge on how law enforcement can utilize OARRS to aid them in investigating active drug
related cases. Law enforcement officers can access eOPOTA through the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG).
The Shared Prescription Investigation Deconfliction Resource (SPIDR) is a web-
based tool designed to enhance communication between law enforcement agencies and administrative agencies that regulate prescription drugs.
Naloxone for Law Enforcement
Per Ohio Revised Code Section 2925.61(D) a peace officer employed by a law enforcement
agency is not subject to administrative action or criminal prosecution if the peace officer, acting in good faith, obtains naloxone from
the peace officer's law enforcement agency and administers the naloxone to an individual who is apparently experiencing an opioid-related overdose.
Controlled Substances Reference Table
The following Controlled Substances Reference Table has been compiled by the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy to assist law enforcement
officials in determining whether or not a drug or drug product is a controlled substance and, if controlled, the schedule in which it
has been placed by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy or the Ohio General Assembly.
In addition, the table indicates the number of the finished dosage unit that constitutes bulk amount according to division (D) of
section 2925.01 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Ohio Drug Lab Statistics
The National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) is a
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) program that systematically collects drug chemistry analysis results, as well as other related
information, from cases analyzed by state, local and federal forensic laboratories. These laboratories analyze substances secured in
law enforcement operations across the country. NFLIS offers a valuable resource for monitoring illegal drug abuse and trafficking,
including the diversion of legally manufactured pharmaceutical drugs into illegal markets.
To assist law enforcement and public health in monitoring illegal drug abuse and trafficking, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy
created an online search tool of NFLIS data collected by forensic laboratories in Ohio.
Controlled Substance Scheduling Rules
The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has the authority to do any of the following via the Ohio Administrative Code:
- Add a previously unscheduled compound, mixture, preparation, or substance to any schedule; and
- Transfer a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance from one schedule to another, provided the transfer does not have the effect under this
chapter of providing less stringent control of the compound, mixture, preparation, or substance than is provided under the federal drug abuse control laws.
If you are a law enforcement agency and need further assistance on a matter relating to the legal distribution of prescription drugs,
please call the Board office at 614-466-4143 and ask to speak with the Compliance Department.