S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster issued executive orders Monday to address the state’s growing opioid addiction and overdose crisis.
“The worst thing we can do right now is hesitate,” McMaster said at a Monday morning press conference. “And we’re not going to hesitate. We’re going full-blast into this.”
On Dec. 18, Gov. Henry McMaster announced he was taking several executive actions to combat the state’s mounting opioid epidemic.
McMaster’s executive order declares a statewide public health emergency effective immediately.
“This designation allows me to bring the full power,” McMaster said, describing opioid addiction in the state as a “silent hurricane.”
An “opioid emergency response team,” the governor said, has been initialized. Members include federal and state law enforcement, the state health and environment department, the state coroner’s association and members of BlueCross BlueShield.
The team will be led by State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel and Sara Goldsby, the director of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. The team will meet bimonthly, McMaster said, with the first meeting planned for