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Oct. 7, 2013

DHEC, SLED to Announce New Effort to Combat "Pill Mills" and Prescription Drug Abuse

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton and State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel will hold a news conference tomorrow to announce details of a collaborative new effort to combat prescription drug abuse and "pill mills."

In the United States, prescription drug abuse is second only to the abuse of marijuana. In two different studies, S.C. has ranked 10th (2008) and 23rd (2010) highest in the U.S. in opioid painkiller prescriptions per capita. In 2010, S.C. ranked 23rd highest per capita in overdose deaths, with the most recent data (2011) noting 225 prescription overdose deaths in the state. (Sources: U.S. DEA, CDC, S.C. DHEC)

WHO: DHEC Director Catherine Templeton and SLED Chief Mark Keel; joined by Senator Gerald Malloy, Representative Mike Pitts, Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson, and Union County Sheriff David Taylor.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: SLED Headquarters, 4400 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C. 29210.

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