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SC Lede: Disturbing Overdose Trend Continues

DEA Rainbow Fentanyl Feb 2023
DEA and law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 26 states last August. Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people. “Rainbow fentanyl—fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes—is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for February 14, 2023 features: a look at bills moving through the state legislature this week, including a near-total abortion ban being introduced in the SC House; a report on the increasing number of drug overdose deaths in the Palmetto State; the latest research on trauma, bullying, and what leads to school shootings; 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.