Prescription drug-related deaths in Beaufort County, South Carolina, dropped significantly last year, according to the latest research. There was almost a 50 percent reduction in fatalities caused by prescription drugsĀ and opioids in 2018 [1]. The number of overall drug overdose cases declined from the previous year, too. This is positive news for a community plagued by prescription drug abuse in recent years. It seems, then, that more people are overcoming addiction for good.

The Decline in Prescription Drug Deaths

Beaufort County has long had a problem with prescription drug abuse. Opioids, in particular, have ruined many lives. The good news is that deaths associated with prescription drug addiction have dropped in the last year, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

But why? The Sherrif’s Office attributes the decline in deaths to multiple factors. First, there has been a concerted effort among local government and private organizations to raise awareness of the opioid problem in Beaufort County. Extensive media coverage, information at hospitals and healthcare centers, and a general shift in attitudes toward prescription drug abuse could have contributed to the recent decline in fatalities.

Drug take-back events have also proved successful. Initiatives like National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day [2], as well as local events, educate the population about the dangers of opioid addiction. Also, three prescription drug drop-off boxes installed in the county have allowed locals to dispense of unwanted medication.

Finally, municipal police officers now administer naloxone (Narcan) to people with opioid addiction problems. Research shows that naloxone is effective for preventing the effects of an opioid overdose, such as low pressure, sedation, and respiratory failure [3].

What Happens Next?

Despite the positive news about drug-related deaths in the country, there are still problems. During the first weekend of this year, the Sheriff’s Office reported several prescription drug overdoses.

“These most recent incidents provide an opportunity for us to remind Beaufort County residents and guests of the many resources available to those suffering from drug addiction and associated mental illnesses to obtain treatment and to curb the volume of dangerous unused prescription drugs on the street by disposing of them safely,” says the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

The Road to Recovery

While naloxone might alleviate the symptoms associated with opioid abuse, research shows that long-term rehabilitative treatment can overcome addiction for good.

Located in a former boutique hotel on Hilton Head Island, Magnolia Recovery Center specializes in addiction treatment for people in Beaufort County with prescription drug and opioid-related problems. This facility provides a number of customized services, and the recovery team can help treat addiction in a safe, comfortable environment.

Magnolia Recovery Center uses a unique approach to addiction that encompasses detox, inpatient support, and follow-up care. Treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, anger management, 12-step integration, medication-assisted treatment, yoga, and more.

There has been a drop in the number of prescription drug and opioid-related deaths in Beaufort County in the last year, with awareness programs, drop-off boxes and the use of naloxone cited as the reason for the decline. However, many people still struggle with opioid addiction. Magnolia Recovery Center provides rehabilitative treatment for people who want to start a new life. Click here to find out more.