South Carolina has a growing opioid epidemic. In 2016, 616 people died of opioid-related overdoses in our state. And those numbers continue to increase, especially with people who overdose on prescription medication. It's a problem that faces everyone from teenagers to the elderly.
At Lexington Medical Center, Dr. Grant Sullivan leads a committee studying how clinicians proscribe opioids. It's called the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Committee. He formed it after he saw a significant number of people admitted to the hospital with overdose injuries.
He talked about his work and the opioid epidemic in this interview with WIS-TV.
To learn more about opioid issues in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services at http://www.daodas.sc.gov/