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South Carolina gets the best of both worlds when it comes to nature. The Blue Ridge Mountains beckons cabin goers on the west and the Atlantic beaches, like Myrtle Beach, attracts sun-tanners and seashell hunters to the east. Then right in the inner Piedmont area exists the good ol’ South Carolinian charm, filled with humble shack stops, riverbanks, and open fields of grass.

Whether you’re driving through the scenic Cherokee Parkway to get to Table Rock State Park or dreaming of lush golf courses, South Carolina’s summer-style relaxation will give you peace of mind.

National Opioid Epidemic Hits South Carolina Hard

Yet, while some people may come for a vacation, others are coming for the South Carolina drug rehabs. Recently, South Carolinian legislators passed 10 bills to combat and address the opioid and heroin crisis affecting the state.

The United States has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, with a reported total of 52,404 overdose deaths occurring from opioids alone, according to the CDC. South Carolina, that same year, had a reported total of 594 opioid-related overdose deaths, which was a 14% increase from the year before (508). Now, more than ever, it is necessary for people to receive drug treatment. It’s a matter of life or death.

If you’re looking for one of South Carolina’s drug rehabs or are interested in getting addiction treatment, call our 24-hour helpline at (855) 619-8070 and one of our addiction specialists will assist you right away.

Drugs Most Commonly Abused in South Carolina

In September of 2016, South Carolinian newspaper The State reported that “most fast food franchises in South Carolina have at least one illegal drug transaction a day on their premises,” which were based on DEA observations.

Other methods of obtaining opioids indicated “pill parties,” where high school students bring stolen prescription pills from home medicine cabinets to share with their peers, and “doctor shopping,” where patients get multiple prescriptions from separate doctors to obtain more pills. Although there is a tracking system to monitor patients’ prescriptions already in place, only 30% of doctors in South Carolina participated in the program and were only required to monitor Medicaid-covered patients.

So, while several substances still show slight pattern trends in South Carolina, based on DEA reports, the most abused substances in South Carolina to be addressed are:

  • Heroin
  • Prescription opioids
  • Fentanyl
  • Alcohol

In February 2017, South Carolina lawmakers introduced 10 pieces of legislation to help address the growing heroin and opioid epidemic in the state. These bills would require doctors to monitor patients through a database that details how many opioid prescriptions they obtained by other physicians, which would allow for intervention and appropriate actions for possible drug treatment.

Other notable bill proposals include requiring high schools to receive prescription drug abuse awareness education, providing limited immunity to those that facilitate overdosing, requiring health care professionals to take advanced coursework or continuing education on controlled substances, and requiring reports to the Department of Social Services whenever a fetus is found to be exposed to alcohol or controlled substances (e.g. heroin) in the womb.

Since 2006, South Carolina has made a 135% increase in service utilization for its state-funded drug treatment programs, especially for clients with an opioid use disorder. Treatment centers jumped from 2,469 in 2006 to 5,803 in 2016, and continue to grow as South Carolina battles the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Despite all this, there is good news. More than 2,300 law enforcement officers have been trained to administer naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal antidote, in emergency situations, as well as providing more naloxone kits for EMS personnel.

The state of South Carolina has also received a $6,575,623 grant for State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis, as announced by the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS). Together with 17 initiatives and more than 60 partners, the DAODAS aims to achieve progress in the opioid crisis in South Carolina.


There are many different types of South Carolina drug rehabs offered. Look out for:


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In 2015, 5,702 patients were discharged from emergency departments (EDs) with issues related to opiate abuse/dependence.

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South Carolinian EMS personnel made 6,437 attempts to reverse opioid overdoses in 2016, a 67% increase from 2013.

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South Carolina had more opioid-related overdose deaths (594) than homicides (311) in 2015.

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In the average year, over 266,000 people suffer from alcohol abuse.


Traveling to a South Carolina drug rehab can be a daunting challenge to take on, especially for people who have never left their hometown, let alone their state. Yet, one of the best things you can do to begin your recovery is to start off on a clean slate in a new place to really blossom into the new you.

Here are just a few reasons why going to one of the many South Carolina drug rehabs will be the best decision of your life: