The abuse of alcohol and other drugs (including prescription medications) as a means of escaping the grind of daily life is creating a potentially lethal cocktail for attorneys in South Carolina – and across the nation.
Depression, addiction, suicide, overdoses … these are just some of the outcomes attorneys are grappling with as an epidemic of substance abuse and mental health problems grips the profession.
Every day we see new stories related to the issue …
“Two bar members in South Carolina took their lives within the last three months,” a source familiar with the situation told us.
Several others have overdosed or been forced to abandon their practices as they seek treatment for alcohol abuse and/ or drug addiction.
Obviously a big part of this issue is the Palmetto State’s worsening opioid epidemic – which we have covered extensively in the past. But our source – who is working behind the scenes to get the S.C. Bar Association more engaged on these matters – says attorneys are more susceptible to being picked off by substance abuse issues.
“It is a nationwide