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South Carolina

Find Your Federal Representatives 

U.S. Congressional District Map


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State Legislative Session Calendar


Find your State Legislative Representatives :


https://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php


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List of Members of House by District 

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=H

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Email ALL House Members:  https://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=HMEMBERS


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List of State Senators by District 

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=S


Email ALL Senate Members: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=SMEMBERS


State Legislative Districts:  https://ballotpedia.org/South_Carolina_state_legislative_districts


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Office of the Governor Henry McMaster

Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette


Website:  https://governor.sc.gov


Email:
Email Governor McMaster


Phone:
803.734.2100

Fax:
803.734.5167


State House
1100 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Email:
Email Lt. Governor Evette

Phone:
8030734.2100

Fax:
803.734.5167

Email a member of the governor's staff Get assistance with a state agency Submit a scheduling request


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Office of Attorney General Alan Wilson 

Website: http://www.scag.gov

Phone: 1-803-734-3970

Fax: (803) 253-6283

Email:  Online Contact Form

http://www.scag.gov/contact-us/contact-us


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State Licensing Boards


Board of Medical Examiners:

Website:  https://llr.sc.gov/med/

Email:  Medboard@llr.sc.gov

Phone: (803) 896-4500


Calendar of Upcoming Medical Board Meetings: https://llr.sc.gov/med/cal.aspx


Board of Pharmacy:

Website:  https://llr.sc.gov/bop/

Email:  Contact.Pharmacy@llr.sc.gov

Phone: (803) 896-4700


Calendar of Upcoming Pharmacy Board Meetings: https://llr.sc.gov/bop/cal.aspx


Department of Health:

Website – https://www.scdhec.gov/about-dhec/contact-us

Email – info@dhec.sc.gov

Phone –(803) 898-3432



Department of Insurance 

Website:  https://doi.sc.gov/?nid=1&mobile=ON

Phone:  803-737-6160

Fax: 803-737-6231     

Email:  info@doi.sc.gov

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ACLU of South Carolina 

Website:  https://www.aclusc.org/en/about/contact-us


Phone: 843-720-1423

E-mail:  info@aclusouthcarolina.org


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South Carolina Medical Association

Website: https://www.scmedical.org/sc-fights-pain/

Phone: 800-327-1021 

Email: jnickel@scmedical.org


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South Carolina Pain Society

Website:  https://www.carolinapain.org/contact/

Phone:   (844) 524-7246 

Email: robin@carolinapain.org


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File a complaint with the Health Facilities Licensing Bureau:


https://www.scdhec.gov/health-


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ENGAGE WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVES BY ATTENDING LOCAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS ,  MEET & GREET,  and OTHER  EVENTS IN YOUR STAE .  

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FIND UPCOMING EVENTS HERE 


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Search State Opioid Laws:

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/query.php


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Track Pending Opioid Legislation:

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/subjectsearch.php



Executive


Legislative Branch

Prescribing Limits


Opioid Prescribing Regulations:



Regulation 61-4, Controlled Substances



Prescription Monitoring



Current Limits 


  • Current limit: Five-day limit or 90 morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs) daily
  • Policy: Effective May 1, 2018, South Carolina required prescribers to limit initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain or post-operative pain to the lowest effective dose. The state limited the supply to five days or 90 morphine mil
  • ligran equivalents (MMEs) per day, except for cases of chronic pain, cancer pain, sickle cell disease-related pain, pallliative care, or medicatio-assisted treatment for substance abuse disorder.[64]


Health Regulations:


Controlled Substance Schedule


For Health Care Providers


Health Regulations


Health Facility Regulations, Licensing


Downloads & Links-


https://www.scdhec.gov/health-regulation/drug-control-register-verify



Overview - Drug Control

New Drug Control Laws

Controlled Substance Schedule

Board Orders (New Schedules)

New Registrations

Renewals

Cancellations, Changes - Name, Address, 

Drug Schedules

Annual Inventory

Controlled Substance Verification

Drug Destruction, Theft, Loss

Prescription Monitoring Program - SCRIPTS

Related Topics


Drug Control Related Topics



For additional information contact 803-896-0636.


EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED


On December 18, 2017, Governor McMaster issued two executive orders regarding the opioid epidemic. Executive Order 2017-42 declares the opioid epidemic a statewide public health emergency in South Carolina, pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 1-3-420, and establishes the Opioid Emergency Response Team, of which LLR is a member. Executive Order 2017-43 requires the Department of Health and Human Services, the Cabinet agency responsible for administering Medicaid benefits in our state, to develop a policy restricting reimbursement to initial opioid prescriptions of no more than a five (5) day supply for acute and post-operative needs. Additionally, DHHS must develop a policy regarding opioid dosing thresholds and prepare recommendations for legislative changes to the Opioid Emergency Response Team. DHHS must develop and publish these policies on or before March 1, 2018.


The Opioid Emergency Response Team held its initial meeting on December 19, 2017. It was announced that PEBA, which provides insurance for public employees in South Carolina, will voluntarily adopt the five day limitation on initial opioid prescriptions for acute and post-operative needs by March 1, 2018. Although other health insurance providers may adopt this reimbursement policy in the future, only PEBA and DHHS administered programs will be impacted by this restriction as of the writing of this email. The intent of this restriction is to prevent the development of opioid addiction arising from an excessive prescription for acute and post-operative pain management needs.


These executive orders DO NOT restrict the prescriptive authority of any provider authorized to prescribe controlled substances in this state and DO NOT impact treat prescriptions for the TREATMENT OF CHRONIC PAIN. Further, these executive orders do NOT prohibit a provider from prescribing a refill of the initial five-day supply; however, providers should carefully evaluate whether non-opioid alternatives may better serve the patient’s needs when considering a refill.


It is important to keep in mind that the five day restriction on initial opioid prescriptions for acute and post-operative needs is consistent with the recommendations contained in the Revised Joint Pain Management Guidelines published in August of 2017 by the State Boards of Dentistry, Medical Examiners, Nursing and Pharmacy, which adopted the CDC’s March 2016 Guidelines, as tailored to comport with South Carolina law. 

A copy of the Revised Joint Pain Management Guidelines is available at http://llr.sc.gov/POL/Nursing/index.asp?file=laws.htm


Please direct any questions that you may have to the administrative staff of the appropriate licensing board. Contact information for each board is available on LLR’s website at http://www.llr.sc.gov.




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