Law Enforcement

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).


SPIDR

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:

  1. Add a previously unscheduled compound, mixture, preparation, or substance to any schedule; and
  2. 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.


Additional Assistance

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.