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What are Opioids?

Opioids are highly addictive narcotic substances commonly prescribed to treat pain. Each year, nearly five million opioid prescriptions are filled in South Carolina. That’s close to one prescription for every person in the state. Plus, these dangerously addictive pills are easily accessible in households, from friends and even family members. And, if that’s not alarming enough, did you know that 4 in 5 heroin users started with opioids?

Even though these powerful medications can be a vital, life-changing medication to those living with chronic pain, they should only be used with extreme caution.


the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed in Pickens County in 2019



opioid pills distributed in Pickens County in 2019

Based on the 2019 population of Pickens County


that's enough opioid pills for EVERY man, woman, and child in Pickens County to have over 


pills EACH

Do you or someone you know need help? 

Call Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County at

(864) 898-5800 or visit to find help near you. 

Did you know? 

Dependency can happen in just three days. 

It’s true. Opioids can actually change your brain’s chemistry in 72 hours, which can lead to opioid use disorder. In fact, 4 in 5 heroin users started with opioids, which is why Narcan® should always be kept available in case of an overdose or overmedication.

You can get Narcan from a community distributor-like BHSPC

Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication used to treat an opioid overdose. It works to reverse the harmful effects of opioids by temporarily binding to the same brain receptors as opioids. A community outreach center is a public or private organization that provides services to individuals who may be at risk for an opioid overdose. These organizations can be found across the state and they maintain a supply of Narcan, which can reverse an overdose. Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County is a Community Distributor. Call (864) 898-5800 for more details.