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DHEC in the News: Opioids, smoking, flu

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

Florence VA addresses opioid issues among veterans

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Pee Dee Area Veterans Advisory Council held a forum on the opioid epidemic Tuesday morning.

Veterans, caregivers and others gathered at the Florence County Veterans Affairs building to learn more about the dangers of opioid and possible alternatives.

Smoking cost runs high in South Carolina

To encourage the estimated 36.5 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick the dangerous habit, the personal finance website WalletHub calculated the potential monetary losses — including the lifetime and annual costs of a cigarette pack per day, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs — brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. The news for South Carolina smokers is not good.

General Interest

School closes for remainder of week due to flu outbreak

CLARENDON COUNTY, SC (WIS) – A school in Clarendon County will close its doors for a week after a number of students and staff members contracted the flu.

Officials say Clarendon Hall will be closed from January 24-26 after several people within the school tested positive for the influenza virus.

A salute to America’s veterans

The land of the free and the home of the brave. While there are myriad reasons why America is able to lay claim to such a noble and enduring affirmation, few of those reasons rise above the role our nation’s military plays in securing our freedom.

Today, Veterans Day, we celebrate those who have gallantly and selflessly fought for and defended our country, whether during war or peace. Each year on November 11, America takes the time to say “thank you” and display proper respect and honor for the many men and women who have served so faithfully in the U.S. armed services.

We do not take their service lightly; they are indeed the wind beneath our wings. And on this day, we say to all veterans: We salute you.

In the spirit of Veterans Day, we are recognizing members of our DHEC team who have served in the military. View our “Veterans Day 2016 — Career of Service” photo album created in their honor.