Although South Carolina’s legislature passed more than a dozen laws in its last session addressing opioid abuse, a Grand Strand representative says more needs to be done.
State Rep. Russell Fry, R-Surfside Beach, served on the House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee. He said most of the laws passed in 2017 and 2018 focused more on prevention education, so now the committee is trying to handle the connection between drug abuse and mental health.
“In order to properly address opioids in South Carolina and drug abuse in South Carolina, you really need to hit the underlying cause, which is mental health,” he said. “Some of the recommendations that we’ll be coming out with in January will echo some of those sentiments.”
The 2019-2020 Legislative Session begins Tuesday. Three of eight drug-related prefiled bills relate to opioids.
Fry co-chaired the study committee before it released its final report last year. He will likely take more of a leadership role in 2019 after his fellow co-chair Phyllis Henderson was defeated in last year’s Republican primary. [Read more…]