Opioid overdose deaths continue to rise in SC, Greenville sees heavy toll from fentanyl

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A fentanyl user holds a needle near Kensington and Cambria in Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 2018. File/David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

By Mary Katherine Wildeman,
Wed August 14, 2019

Deaths from opioid overdose in South Carolina rose again in 2018, new data shows, hitting the Greenville area harder than anywhere in the state.

Information released from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control on Monday shows 816 opioid overdose deaths across the state in 2018, an increase of about 9 percent since 2017.