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Drug Abuse

People experiencing drug abuse may have problems with their physical or psychological functioning, personal safety, and social relations.  Deaths due to drug overdose have been recognized as a significant public health burden for the nation in recent years. The four counties had seen an increase in drug overdose deaths caused by fentanyl, opioids, and prescription drugs between 2017 and 2021.

Data Notes
Definition Drug Overdose Deaths:  Deaths due to drug overdose including Cocaine, Fentanyl, Heroin, Methadone, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, and Psychostimulants with Abuse Potential. Drug overdose deaths may involve multiple drugs; therefore, a single death might be included in more than one category when describing the number of drug overdose deaths involving a specific drug. For example, a death that involved both heroin and fentanyl would be included in the following categories: deaths involving heroin, deaths involving fentanyl, deaths involving opioids, and deaths involving prescription drugs. Deaths include all manner and intent, including unintentional, suicide, homicide, and undetermined intent.
Data Source South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Drug Overdose Deaths Statistical Report for South Carolina
Last Updated May 2024