SC Ranks Poorly in Health

Ninth least healthy in the nation

Evan Smith
June 12, 2019 - 3:12 pm

South Carolina ranks poorly on national health scorecard, and our ranking is only dipping lower.

South Carolina dropped three spots in this year’s national ranking of health care. That brings the Palmetto State down to the 41st healthiest nation in the country – in the other words, the ninth least healthy.

And it’s not potato chips, fried chicken or pimento cheese that’s the culprit, but far more sinister factors.

Namely, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and suicide.

The ranking was done by The Commonwealth Fund, a non-partisan foundation that supports health-care research.

Since 2013, the study determined that suicides in South Carolina have risen by 16 percent.

Alcohol related deaths rose too by 42 percent.

And deaths from drugs increased by nearly 60 percent, namely due to rising opioid abuse and specifically the prevalence of opioids laced with fentanyl.

And while that all looks like bad news, one silver lining is that alcohol-related traffic crashes in the state have decreased by 15 percent.

Still, as Sara Goldsby, director of the state Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse admits, “We still have a lot of work to do.”

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