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NEWS BRIEF: Lawmakers hear two hours of testimony on opioid crisis

NEWS BRIEF: Lawmakers hear two hours of testimony on opioid crisis

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  He wasn’t the kind of person you thought would have been involved in drugs, one man testified. Funerals for overdoses less than a week apart, a woman echoed.  A grandparent had to tell his 11-year-old granddaughter that her father had died from an overdose.

Those are just a few of the statements made during the first of five public hearings about the opioid crisis in South Carolina, which drew two hours of testimony Wednesday in Greenville. You can watch a video by the Greenville News here.

by · 07/14/2017 · News, News briefs
NEWS: Busy year in General Assembly, but lots left on table

NEWS: Busy year in General Assembly, but lots left on table

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | A lot of people might not realize they’re going to get some tax relief this year, thanks to the just-passed law to hike gas taxes by 12 cents per gallon over the next few years. Tax relief for the working poor is just one major impact of work done by the General Assembly during its 2017 session. There remains, however, a lot left on the table for next year.

This story highlights legislative accomplishments, what’s ahead in two weeks and what’s left for 2018.

by · 05/12/2017 · News
TALLY SHEET:  From body cameras to political party registration

TALLY SHEET: From body cameras to political party registration

Staff reports | When state lawmakers return to Columbia after Easter – they’re taking a furlough week next week – they’ll likely be introducing fewer bills as an important procedural date comes April 10. That day, known as the “crossover” day, marks when new bills have to get a super-majority after passage in one chamber to be considered by the other. From a work flow standpoint, this means few bills introduced for the next month stand much of a chance of passage this year. They will, however, still be on the calendar next year in the second year of the two-year session.

by · 04/07/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TOP FIVE:   From gas tax and 2018 race to free tuition, more

TOP FIVE: From gas tax and 2018 race to free tuition, more

Staff reports | Our weekly Top Five feature, absent for a few weeks, is back with gusto. It offers big stories or views from the past week with policy and legislative implications. Read more about:

1. GOP senators thwart efforts to talk about gas tax next week.
2. GOP candidates may challenge McMaster in 2018
3. Senate Dems propose free tuition for tech colleges
4. Beasley appointed to head U.N. food program
5. How to stop the opioid epidemic

by · 03/31/2017 · 2018, News, Top Five
MY TURN:  Focus on health care, not just police, with opioid crisis

MY TURN: Focus on health care, not just police, with opioid crisis

By Elaine Pawlowski, special to Statehouse Report | I am thankful that it has been announced that more than 10 bills are filed to address the S.C. opioid epidemic. Although legislative steps are needed, I would say that the devil is in the details on whether the legislation will reduce the overdose rate.

If legislators look at their own and other states’ legislation, they will see that poorly-written laws have increased the use of illegal drugs, increased HIV and Hepatitis C rates, added more children to the foster care system, broken apart families and increased rates of death from mixed drug poisoning. Continuing to expand law enforcement while blocking access to medication and treatment options has proven to be counterproductive.

by · 03/24/2017 · Commentary, My Turn
BRACK:  Lawmakers, state residents must deal with opioid abuse now

BRACK: Lawmakers, state residents must deal with opioid abuse now

By Andy Brack, Statehouse Report | If you don’t think abuse of legally-prescribed painkillers is a problem in South Carolina, just keep this number in mind: 61 million.

That’s the number of powerful, synthesized narcotic pills, known as opioids, that medical professionals prescribed in 2014 in just three counties — Charleston, Greenville and Horry.

Opioids include synthesized oxycodone with trade names like OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan. These legal, synthesized drugs relieve pain, but produce highs like their vilified cousins, morphine and heroin.

by · 02/24/2017 · Andy Brack, Commentary
TALLY SHEET:   Lawmakers file bills to thwart opioid abuse

TALLY SHEET: Lawmakers file bills to thwart opioid abuse

Staff reports | Four Republican House members this week filed a package of 10 bills designed to thwart the rising epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse.

It’s a comprehensive approach to build a foundation to address the problem of rising additions to legal painkillers and heroin, according to state Reps. Eric Bedingfield of Greenville, Russell Fry of Surfside Beach, Phyllis Henderson of Greenville and Chip Huggins of Columbia.

by · 02/24/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet