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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 20, 2012

Two new officers to join DHEC’s Bureau of Drug Control

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two new officers will soon be helping crack down on the illegal use of legal drugs in South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"These new officers have represented DHEC with distinction during their training," said Catherine Templeton, DHEC Agency Director.  "They are now ready to join South Carolina's fight against those who seek to use legal drugs in an illegal and harmful manner."

Officers Judith Pierce and Eddie Black will graduate from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Friday, Dec. 21, becoming drug control inspectors for DHEC’s Bureau of Drug Control. Both graduates are South Carolina registered pharmacists and law enforcement officers.

According to Templeton, the academy chose Black as recipient of the JP Strom Award, presented to the graduate with the highest grade point average during the 12-week officer training.

DHEC’s drug control inspectors' duties are unique in that they are tasked with both regulatory and law enforcement responsibilities by ensuring compliance of both the South Carolina Controlled Substance Act and the state Controlled Substance Regulation. 

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For media inquiries:
Jim Beasley – (803) 898-7769
Email – beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov