Overdoses Up 80 Percent

In Greenville County

Evan Smith
August 22, 2019 - 3:34 pm

South Carolina is far behind other states when it comes to addressing deadly opioid overdoses.

That’s according to local drug counselors, who work with recovering addicts in the Upstate.

Statistics also drive the point home: overdoses in Greenville County are up 80 percent this year.

Drug recovery experts say one major factor in the overdose rate increase is the state’s shortfall in publically available naloxone.  

Naloxone, commonly known by its brand name Narcan, is a nasal spray that one can administer to someone who is overdosing on opioids like heroin or fentanyl. The spray immediately counteracts the opioid’s effects, and has saved countless lives across the country.

Greenville has just approved two recovery centers to be able to hand out Narcan to areas especially hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, but they are still waiting on state funds to pay for the Narcan.

As the wait continues, the overdoses are only increasing.

Still, the major driver in the rise in overdoses is the increase in fentanyl availability.

That deadly synthetic form of opioids, nearly all of which is manufactured in China, shipped to Mexico, and then transported across the Southern border, is one hundred times more potent than morphine.

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