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Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
Sponsors: Senators Setzler and Shealy
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Introduced in the Senate on March 24, 2021
Introduced in the House on April 6, 2021
Adopted by the General Assembly on May 6, 2021
Summary: Senate Concurrent-The Courage Center and substance abuse
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/24/2021 Senate Introduced, adopted, sent to House (Senate Journal-page 5) 4/6/2021 House Introduced (House Journal-page 16) 4/6/2021 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions (House Journal-page 16) 5/5/2021 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions (House Journal-page 66) 5/6/2021 House Adopted, returned to Senate with concurrence (House Journal-page 33)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
May 5, 2021
S. Printed 5/5/21--H.
Read the first time April 6, 2021.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 696) to seek to destigmatize substance use disorder, share real stories of hope and recovery, and inspire Lexington County residents, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
DENNIS C. MOSS for Committee.
TO SEEK TO DESTIGMATIZE SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER, SHARE REAL STORIES OF HOPE AND RECOVERY, AND INSPIRE LEXINGTON COUNTY RESIDENTS TO SEEK HELP AND SUPPORT BY CHOOSING #COURAGEOVERSTIGMA.
Whereas, substance use disorder is prevalent in South Carolina, and instances of opioid overdose increased for five years consecutively from 2014 through 2019; and
Whereas, fatal overdoses from opioids increased in Lexington County from 2018 to 2019 by more than forty-eight percent; and
Whereas, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the isolation, fear, stress, and grief experienced by those with substance use disorders and has increased barriers to treatment and recovery support; and
Whereas, The Courage Center seeks to raise awareness and decrease stigma related to addiction initially within six targeted overdose "hotspots" in Lexington County; and
Whereas, by collaborating with community members in Cayce, West Columbia, Gaston, Irmo, South Congaree, and Swansea, The Courage Center is working to educate residents that substance use disorders are a chronic brain disease and not moral failures or weaknesses; and
Whereas, stigma can reduce the willingness of individuals to seek treatment, and stereotyping can impact the care they receive; and
Whereas, The Courage Center provides a safe, judgement-free space for those seeking resource navigation, peer-recovery support, and evidence-based programs specifically for adolescents and emerging adults ages fourteen to nineteen, who are harmfully engaged in substance use, and for their families; and
Whereas, more than one hundred twenty-eight thousand residents of Lexington County will be reached through this campaign to reduce the stigma related to substance use disorder. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, seek to destigmatize substance use disorder, share real stories of hope and recovery, and inspire Lexington County residents to seek help and support by choosing #CourageOverStigma.
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