March 8 is International Women’s Day, and March is Women’s History Month. We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight three DHEC leaders who help us work towards our mission to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians by protecting and promoting the health of the public and the environment.Continue reading
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DHEC Recognizes National Social Work Month
National Social Work Month, observed throughout March, uplifts social workers and celebrates their constant contributions to our society. This year’s theme, “Social Work Breaks Barriers,” highlights the innovative ways in which social workers help enrich and empower people in our communities to overcome challenges so they can live to their fullest potential.Continue reading
Highlighting Congaree National Park on World Wetlands Day
February 2 is World Wetlands Day, and it’s a great occasion to learn about South Carolina’s beautiful wetlands and their importance.
Wetlands are vegetated aquatic ecosystems that include areas such as Carolina bays, marshes and swamps. There are approximately 4.1 million acres of wetlands in South Carolina, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wetlands support the state’s economy by providing outdoor recreation opportunities and habitat for wildlife. Wetlands also help provide safety and health benefits to communities in the state by reducing flooding, acting as natural water quality filters and replenishing water supplies.Continue reading
DHEC Celebrates Pharmacists on National Pharmacist Day
Pharmacists are among the most trusted members of our health care system. They not only check and dispense medications that their patients need, but they also offer advice on medicine dosages side effects, and the effectiveness of drug therapies. Patients often see their pharmacist more often than their primary care physician.
Every year on January 12 we take a moment to thank pharmacists for providing medications to keep us healthy and offering advice on over-the-counter drugs.
DHEC’s Bureau of Drug Control and the Office of Pharmacy provide care, education and oversight in our state.Continue reading
DHEC Recognizes Officers for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
January 9, 2023, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and we’re taking the opportunity to recognize our law enforcement agents that work to stop the diversion and abuse of controlled substances and protect our state’s environment. DHEC thanks these men and women for the dedication, service and commitment to the rule of law they display every day.
The agency has two law enforcement units:
- Healthcare Quality, Bureau of Drug Control
- Environmental Affairs, Office of Law Enforcement