DHEC in the News: Opioids, abandoned tires, flood-prone homes
Here's a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
Nearly 100 people a day are dying from opioid overdoses, it's part of a growing issue that South Carolina is not immune to.
In the past 3 years, opioid related deaths have risen 18%. That crisis is causing police officers to equip departments with a overdose reversal drug known as Narcan.
In a move that one Charleston preservation leader called "a sea change," the city will be more receptive than ever to property owners' requests to elevate their homes or other buildings, even along its most historic streets.
The city held a day-long workshop Friday to discuss design solutions that would allow historic buildings to be elevated while minimizing disruption to the city's ambiance, one that has given the city a national reputation and fueled its multimillion-dollar tourist economy.
The workshop came several weeks after Tropical Storm Irma flooded dozens of historic homes downtown, many for the third time in as many years.