DHEC in the News: Flu, opioids
Here's a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
Flu activity in South Carolina is considered to be regional, not widespread, for the first time since the flu began sweeping the state in the beginning of the year, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday. Though influenza has been on the decline for a few weeks after a difficult season, the first week of March saw only 2,192 confirmed cases. There were almost three times that amount the week before, with 6,332 cases.
Over the course of what's been an especially difficult flu season, there have been more than 200 deaths in South Carolina. But a new flu report shows the flu is slowing down in our state.
The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety is preparing its officers for the growing opioid problem, Chief Mike Adams said Tuesday. Drug overdose is currently the leading cause of accidental death in the United States with 62,497 lethal drug overdoses in 2016 for an average of one every eight and a half minutes, Adams said. It took a while to get here to Orangeburg, but it's here, he said.