(Columbia, SC) – The South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) applauds Governor Henry McMaster’s aggressive and proactive stance on the growing opioid crisis in South Carolina. As the SCMA did with the House Opioid Task Force, we look forward to working with the Governor’s task force to create effective means of limiting access to unneeded and unwarranted opioids in South Carolina
The SCMA and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA), along with other partners, recently established the South Carolina Behavioral Health Coalition to address behavioral health issues in the state with an explicit focus on reducing opioid abuse through more careful prescriptive practices and provider and patient education initiatives. We look forward to sharing those ideas with the Governor’s task force at the earliest opportunity.
The Governor’s actions recognize the need for professional health care providers to have the ability to care for their patients’ needs, but also the very real dangers of excessive opioid use in the health care field. The SCMA thanks Governor McMaster for striking that very appropriate balance and so clearly recognizing the importance of doctors having the ability to make the best decisions for their patients.
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