Opioid Abuse and Services
This page is updated regularly as needed.
Key facts about opioid overdoses and deaths:
- Prescription Opioid Overdose Deaths: In 2016, 550 deaths occurred in South Carolina from a
drug overdose with prescription opioid drugs listed on the death certificate, up 7% from 512 in 2015 and up
18% from 464 in 2014.
- Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths: South Carolina county level death data from 2015 and 2016
broken down by heroin and prescription opioids is available here.
The data from 2014 and 2015 is available here.
- Heroin Overdose Deaths: Fatal overdoses involving heroin increased by 14% from 2015 to
2016. By comparison, fatal overdoses involving heroin increased by 67% from 2014 to 2015.
- Opioid Overdose Deaths Surpass Homicides: In 2015, the number of deaths from heroin and
opioid overdoses in South Carolina surpassed the number of homicides.
- Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths by County of Occurrence, 2015: The map for 2015 is
Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths by County of Occurrence, 2016
Key facts about naloxone administration by first responders:
- EMS Naloxone Administration by County: South Carolina EMS personnel administered naloxone
approximately 4,600 times in 2015, and 6,400 times in 2016, as reflected in the maps below. County level
data for 2014 through 2016 is available here.
- EMS Naloxone Administration by Zip Code: In 2016, South Carolina EMS personnel administered
naloxone 397 times in just one zip code in Horry County.
EMS Naloxone Administration by County, 2015
EMS Naloxone Administration by County, 2016
- LEON Program Naloxone Administration: The Law Enforcement Officer Naloxone (LEON) program
has trained and equipped over 5,200 law enforcement officers statewide to carry and administer naloxone, through May 2018.
- Lives Saved by LEON Program: There have been 270 documented LEON saves in South Carolina, as of May 2018.