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‘The downside is death’: Drug overdose deaths on the rise in Horry County – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-07-19 19:17:14 –

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WBTW) — According to the Horry County Coroner’s Office, drug overdose deaths in Horry County are on the rise.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge estimates that 145 people died in the county in 2020 due to drug overdose. By the end of June, 81 people had died from drug overdose. Edge said there were 26 more suspicious cases awaiting confirmation.

“I think we’re on track to see a record year of drug overdose,” Edge said. “By the end of this year, it’s well above last year.”

John Coffin, executive director of Shoreline Behavioral Health Services, said fentanyl is responsible for most of the deaths from overdose in the county.

“About 75% of overdose [last year] Fentanyl was involved, “coffin said.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid analgesic that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute of Substance Abuse.

Edge echoed the casket, stating that fentanyl was often found in combination with other drugs in toxicology reports.

“These combinations usually include fentanyl, some heroin, or cocaine,” says Edge. “Several benzodiazepines have appeared, but they are usually a combination of fentanyl or methamphetamine and are one of two.”

Edge said more needs to be done to warn people of the dangers of these drugs.

“I think governments and communities need to work on more education to educate people about what the downsides of taking these drugs are. The downside is death,” Edge said. Said.

Coastline Behavioral Medical Services in Conway offers preventative programs for school-age children to help those who fight drug addiction. The casket said the first step to getting help was realization.

“The person must have already begun to tell himself,’I think this might be a problem for me,'” Coffin said. “These are people who tend to call us and say,’What can we do to help with this?'”

Shoreline offers a completely free Nalcan used to treat suspected drug overdose in an emergency and hosts a prescription drug recovery event.

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