South Carolina is a southeastern state featuring as its eastern border a long shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean. The capital city of Columbia is located inland and close to the state's southern border with Georgia. Home to five million people and to the popular vacation destination of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a state heralded for its Southern charm. Also known for stately antebellum homes, Fort Sumter is the site of the first shots of the Civil War.
South Carolina, like many other states along the east coast, is addressing a worrying rise in opioid abuse and overdose deaths. The state's Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Services reports that opioid overdose deaths have become a serious concern in the state, outpacing homicides in 2015 by 283. Additionally, there has been a 13 percent increase in admissions to state-funded addiction treatment programs throughout the state in the 10-year period from 2006 to 2016.
Of greater concern in South Carolina is the abuse of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which increased 72 percent from 2014 to 2015. Although fentanyl is a pharmaceutical opioid, overdose deaths plaguing many states in the country involve illegally produced fentanyl. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that the 2016, opioid overdose rate in South Carolina jumped to 13.1 deaths per 100,000 people, about even with the national average of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 persons. The previous year, 2015, healthcare providers in South Carolina wrote about 109 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons, a rate well above the national average of 70.0 opioid prescriptions per 100 persons.
Despite this concerning spike in opioid overdose in South Carolina, a 2017 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) shows most treatment admissions in South Carolina were for alcohol as a primary substance of abuse, accounting for 21 percent of all admissions, and alcohol with a secondary drug accounting for 23 percent of admissions. The most common primary drug of abuse in South Carolina is marijuana at 26.8 percent.
South Carolina can provide residential treatment centers for recovery from addiction, yet it is also a state in need of more services to accommodate the growing population in need of rehab.
Currently, scattered providers and treatment centers throughout the state offer a variety of levels of care for addiction treatment and recovery services, including:
Some of the specific populations that South Carolina addiction treatment programs can serve include the following:
Different addiction treatment programs in South Carolina can accept many different types of payment for services. Some of those include:
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