State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Drugs
Opioids: awareness, information, treatment, & enforcement
The opioid epidemic is affecting every state in the country. 54% of the pills on the street come from your neighbor's medicine cabinet in an unused prescription of too many pills.
For the last three years, we had more opioid-related deaths in South
Carolina than homicides and drunk driving deaths combined. In 2016, this "silent hurricane" killed 616 people.
And it's not just pills. Addictions intensify from one substance to another. From 2014 to 2016, heroin deaths increased 67%, plus a more
than 700% increase in cases involving fentanyl.
We must take a bold new approach to this unprecedented threat. It consists of a "full court press," including awareness, information and treatment. Last month, I declared a statewide public health
emergency. This allows us to bring the full power of the state's emergency management infrastructure, health care apparatus and law enforcement resources to bear--as a single team--upon the growing epidemic of opioid deaths, addiction and abuse.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature
Jan 24, 2018
Curb the opioid epidemic and focus on future prevention
The South Carolina House of Representatives initiated a push to fight the opioid epidemic. Legislation was introduced this week aimed at addressing the prescription opioid epidemic in our state. You may have even seen national news reports dedicated to
raising awareness of the growing problem. South Carolina is not immune. In 2013, the Inspector General released a report detailing problematic trends in our state related to drug overdoses.
In 2014, a task force was assembled to develop a multi-pronged approach aimed at curbing the current crisis while also focusing on future preventative measures.
Like many problems, this epidemic will not be fixed through legislation alone, but the task force did make several legislative recommendations. These steps are only the beginning.
Source: 2017 South Carolina House campaign website TommyPope.com
Feb 27, 2017
Self-described former alcoholic and drug addict
Dixon, a self-described former alcoholic and drug addict who's been to prison, said during his announcement that his priorities are getting illegal guns off the streets, supporting veterans and seniors, and ending racial profiling by police officers.
He also supports equal education and health care for all.
Source: Post and Courier on 2016 South Carolina Senate race
Feb 22, 2016
End the war on drugs; it's federal overreach & unsuccessful
As part of his effort to limit federal overreach, Ravenel said he wants to see an end to the war on drugs, which he argues has fueled dangerous cartels in Mexico that profit from running drugs across the border.
"I don't want to see South Carolina
legalize drugs, but I want the federal government to say, 'We're getting out of this business,'" Ravenel said. "Our war on drugs is far worse than Prohibition" in the 1920s; "then it was just manufacturers; now it's mere users that get locked up."
Source: The Island Packet on 2014 South Carolina Senate race
Jul 21, 2014
In favor of ending the war on drugs
Ravenel is in favor of ending the war on drugs. [He was elected in 2006 but] his term in office didn't last long. By June 2007 he was indicted on federal charges for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. (He wasn't selling, he tells
Mother Jones, just offering to friends when he was using it a couple of times per month: "I shared it because I didn't want to be a stingy guy who used it but didn't give it back," he says, noting that he "never even bought an eight-ball.")
Then-Gov. Mark Sanford (R) suspended Ravenel immediately, and he resigned from office shortly thereafter.
Facing 20 years in jail and a $1 million fine, Ravenel accepted a plea deal to serve 10 months in prison and pay a $250,000 fine (he spent the
last three months of that sentence on house arrest at his mother's retirement home). He again ran afoul of the law when he faced drunk-driving charges in 2013, though that only resulted in a six-month suspension of his driver's license and a small fine.
Source: Mother Jones magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race
May 12, 2014
State director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services
Rick C. Wade is a former executive at Hoffman-La Roche pharmaceutical company; Fowler Communications Inc; and Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.
He was also a member of the Cabinet of South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges, serving as state director of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.
He began his career in the South Carolina State Capitol where he worked as an analyst for the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. He then worked as Executive Assistant to the President of the University
of South Carolina and Chief of Staff to South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Nick Theodore. Wade was the 2002 Democratic nominee for Secretary of State.
Source: Biography by the Univ. of South Carolina alumni association
Dec 13, 2013
Marijuana is unhealthy, but states' rights are important too
Thank you for contacting me regarding HR2306, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. This bill seeks to limit the application of federal marijuana laws. HR2306 would not legalize marijuana but would remove regulation of marijuana from the federal
level and leave it to the discretion of each state. The bill seeks to strike marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, granting each state the power to decide whether to regulate, tax, or prohibit marijuana. It would also limit the
federal government's role in combating cross-border and interstate smuggling of marijuana.
There is growing scientific evidence documenting the health risks associated with marijuana use including adverse effects on the lungs, the cardiovascular
system, and possibly the immune & reproductive systems. However, I also understand the great importance of preserving the rights bestowed to the States.
Thank you again for your thoughts on this important issue. Sincerely, Tim Scott, Member of Congress
Source: Tim Scott constituent email: 2014 South Carolina Senate race
Jul 20, 2011
Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue
Q: You say we should tax and legalize marijuana. How far would you go in legalizing drugs?
A: As governor of New Mexico, everything was a cost-benefit analysis. Using that as a criteria: half of what we spend on law enforcement, the courts, and the
prisons is drug-related. And to what end? We're arresting 1.8 million people a year in this country. We now have 2.3 million people behind bars. We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. If people look at it, they'll see that
90% of the drug problem is prohibition-related, not use-related. That's not to discount the problems with use and abuse, but that ought to be the focus. I advocate legalizing marijuana: control it; regulate it; and tax it. It'll never be legal for kids to
smoke pot or buy pot; It'll never be legal to do harm while smoking pot. When it comes to all other drugs, I advocate harm-reduction strategies, which is looking at the drug problem first as a health issue rather than as a criminal justice issue.
Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in South Carolina
May 5, 2011
We don't need laws to tell us to not use heroin
Q: You say that the federal government should stay out of people's personal habits, including marijuana, cocaine, even heroin.
A: It's an issue of protecting liberty across the board.
If you have the inconsistency, then you're really not defending liberty. We want freedom [including] when it comes to our personal habits.
Q: Are you suggesting that heroin and prostitution are an exercise of liberty?
A: Yes, in essence, if we leave it to the states. For over 100 years, they WERE legal. You're implying if we legalize heroin tomorrow, everyone's gonna use heroin.
How many people here are going to use heroin if it were legal?
I bet nobody! "Oh yeah, I need the government to take care of me. I don't want to use heroin, so I need these laws!"
A: I never thought heroin would get applause!
Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in South Carolina
May 5, 2011
Page last updated: Feb 12, 2018