DHEC In the News: Overdose deaths in Horry County, Stricter Fecal Bacteria Standards, Fireworks Safety

Here’s a look at health and environmental news around South Carolina.

Overdose deaths on the rise in Horry County

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) Overdose deaths are on the rise in Horry County. Coroner Robert Edge said there have been around five so far in June.  “It’s not slowing up at all,” he said.  Despite an increase in the use of the drug Narcan, overdose deaths continue to spike along the Grand Strand.


Lowcountry group pushes for DHEC to give Shem Creek stricter fecal bacteria standards


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) A Lowcountry advocacy group says current safety standards allow five-times more bacteria in Shem Creek than other waterways in the area.  Now they’re calling on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to establish higher water quality standards.

DHEC officials:  DIY fireworks can lead to devastating burns…and even death


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) Fireworks have a become staple part of Fourth of July celebrations for many families, but first responders and emergency officials want you to remember to play it safe.  Assistant State Fire Marshall Nathan Ellis says, “Consumer fireworks are intended for the consumer to use but they are explosive devices. So, we have to keep safety in mind when we use fireworks.”


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