DHEC offering overdose kits at every county health department, reminds residents of other resources

The state health department announced on Monday the availability of overdose kits at health departments in all 46 counties.
Published: Dec. 12, 2022 at 11:17 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2022 at 6:55 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - The state health department announced on Monday the availability of overdose kits at health departments in all 46 counties.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said the kits were being made available to the public during the holiday season when the number of overdoses typically increases in South Carolina.

The kits contain two doses of naloxone, a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, five fentanyl test strips and instructions on the proper use of each.

The free OD Safety Kits are limited to two per person while supplies last.

DHEC officials are also reminding South Carolinians of other resources available for those who may need naloxone spray or test strips.

“So, getting this out is important because these kits can save lives,” Brannon Traxler, public health director at SCDHEC, said. “Getting it out this time of year is important so we know that the holidays, well usually a happy time for most people, for others it is a triggering time that can be challenging. We see an increase in overdoses through the holidays. So, we really wanted to make sure that people had these on-hand, if needed.”

A network of distributors is managed by the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse can be found here.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health also offers services to assist those struggling with mental or emotional health issues. Its SC HOPES line can be reached at any time by calling 844-SC-HOPES. The agency’s Mobile Crisis Program provides assessment to those experiencing a mental health crisis by calling 833-364-2274. They also provide a list of crisis and non-crisis mental health resources online.

To find free naloxone doses and fentanyl test strips available at other Community Distributors, visit justplainkilles.com.

For services to treat addiction, visit embracerecoverysc.com.