DHEC in the News: Narcan, flu, litter control
Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The Department of Health and Environmental Control says the Myrtle Beach Police Department saved the most lives from overdoses using Narcan than any other law enforcement agency in the state.
According to DHEC, the Myrtle Beach Police Department administered Narcan 21 times in 2018, and eight times in 2017.
Now that we’re getting into the typical peak of flu season in South Carolina, a decrease in activity may provide a false sense of security.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) puts out a weekly “Flu Watch” report. The most up-do-date numbers posted on their website showed a decrease in flu activity across the state for the second week of January.
However, there was a surge in the number of flu-related deaths.
PalmettoPride announced this week the 2018 Litter Control Enforcement Grant ticket numbers. From the 24 enforcement agencies that received a 2017-2018 Enforcement Grant, reports indicate that a total of $341,306.73 in fines were collected from 898 successfully prosecuted cases.
Many of the reporting agencies utilize both state statues and local ordinances when addressing littering and illegal dumping.