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SC Lede: Opioid overdoses — the hidden toll of the pandemic

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A graph from DHEC’s latest report on overdose deaths illustrates how the dramatic the first year of the pandemic was and the nearly 60% jump in deaths from 2019.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for March 8, 2022, we hear from health officials on the dramatic increase in opioid deaths in South Carolina, preview this week's state legislative action, look at how geopolitical issues are affecting our economy, and more.

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Gavin Jackson graduated with a visual journalism degree from Kent State University in 2008 and has been in the news industry ever since. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Louisiana and most recently in South Carolina at the Florence Morning News and Charleston Post and Courier.