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Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

In May 2013, South Carolina’s Inspector General published a report highlighting the fact that South Carolina lacked a statewide strategy to address prescription drug abuse for the many South Carolinians who struggle with this issue. In response, on March 14, 2014, Governor Nikki Haley signed Executive Order No. 2014-22, establishing the Governor’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Council. The Council is comprised of representatives from each agency with a regulatory, enforcement or treatment role in this issue, including DAODAS, and a South Carolina coroner. Among other duties, the Council was charged with developing a comprehensive state plan to combat and prevent drug abuse in South Carolina. The State Plan to Prevent and Treat Prescription Drug Abuse was released in December 2014 and specifically designates eight key priority areas:

  1. Prescribers
  2. South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program
  3. Pharmacy
  4. Third-Party Payer
  5. Law Enforcement
  6. Treatment
  7. Education and Advocacy
  8. Data and Analysis