There has been much publicity about the opioid crisis across the country and Spartanburg is no exception to the national trends. A recent article in the Spartanburg Herald Journal reported that there were 109 opioid-related overdoses and 36 deaths in Spartanburg County in 2016, the latest year for which data is available. The SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services has launched a new website www.JustPlainKillers.com to provide more information about opioids – how they work in the body, where to go to get help, and where to go to dispose of opioids you may have in your house.
In addition, there will be two local opportunities to learn more about the opioid crisis in our community. The SC Medical Association, SC Medical Association Alliance, Spartanburg County Medical Society, and Spartanburg County Medical Society Alliance are presenting two free community events:
March 20, 2018, 6-8 PM
Opioid Awareness Forum & Panel Discussion
Wofford College Leonard Auditorium
March 26, 2018 6-8 PM
Understanding the Opioid Crisis featuring a Presentation from Sam Quinones
Chapman Cultural Center
Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, 10-year veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, and the border, as well as, author of nonfiction, including Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic for which he traveled across the United States to research. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-the-opioid-crisis-with-sam-quinones-tickets-43008875705.