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To check out DAODAS news releases and media advisories — and those issued by DAODAS partners — see below:

Sara Goldsby Receives Ramstad/Kennedy Award for Outstanding Leadership
June 6, 2019
Sara Goldsby, Director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), received the 12th Annual Ramstad/Kennedy Award for Outstanding Leadership this morning (June 6) during the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors Inc. (NASADAD)…

“Out of Their Hands” Effort Targets Alcohol Access for Anyone Under 21
April 1, 2019
South Carolina’s Tenth Annual “Out of Their Hands” Spring Blitz begins today (April 1). Strict enforcement coupled with a strong media message will run until April 30

DAODAS Pilots New MAT Court Concept in York County
March 5, 2019
The S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services today announced the creation of the South Carolina Medication-Assisted Treatment Court (MATC), a three-year project in York County that will provide evidence-based treatment to defendants with drug dependency from the point of arrest…

Number of Opioid Overdose Deaths Increases for Third Year
August 20, 2018
For the third year in a row, the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths has increased in the Palmetto State, according to data collected by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. During a meeting today of the state’s Opioid Emergency Response Team (OERT), officials announced that from 2014 to 2017, the total number of deaths related to opioid overdose increased by 47%, from 508 to 748 deaths…

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Opioid Emergency Response Plan
June 20, 2018
Governor Henry McMaster today announced the South Carolina Opioid Emergency Response Plan, which details strategy and guidance developed to support state and local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The state Opioid Emergency Response Plan was developed as part of the ongoing collaboration of more than two dozen organizations that comprise the recently formed S.C. Opioid Emergency Response Team…

DAODAS Launches Statewide Outreach to Combat Opioid Epidemic
January 10, 2018
The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) has launched a statewide public education campaign to address the opioid epidemic in South Carolina. The Just Plain Killers campaign will raise and deepen the public’s awareness of opioid use and abuse in the state while destigmatizing those affected by opioid use disorder…

World AIDS Day 2017 to Focus on “Ending the Epidemics” in South Carolina
November 28, 2017
South Carolina government agencies, private-sector organizations, the faith community, public health professionals and others will come together for a World AIDS Day event at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, on the North Steps of the State House in Columbia…

Statewide Effort Targeting Minors Keeps Alcohol “Out of Their Hands”
May 11, 2017
For the eighth year, an “enforcement and education blitz” coordinated by the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) has helped focus attention on the dangers of underage alcohol use…

Results of Spring Blitz Against Underage Drinking Will Be Released May 11
May 8, 2017

Alcohol Awareness Month 2017 Proclamation
April 2017

“Spring Blitz” Works to Keep Alcohol Out of the Hands of Youth Under 21
March 31, 2017
South Carolina’s Eighth Annual “Out of Their Hands” Spring Blitz will begin April 1. Strict enforcement coupled with a strong media message will run until April 30. Coordinated by the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), the state’s Alcohol Enforcement Teams (AETs) and their enforcement and education partners will engage community residents, businesses, and others to deny alcohol access to youth who are under 21…

Internationally Recognized “Tall Cop” Will Present “High in Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug, and Concealment Trends and Identifiers”
March 23, 2017
Over 180 law enforcement and probation officers, educators, prevention professionals, treatment providers, school counselors, parents and grandparents will attend “High in Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug, and Concealment Trends and Identifiers” starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24, in Richland A&B of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center…