COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Governor Haley is forming a 10-member council to develop a statewide plan to combat prescription drug abuse.
Several months ago, an inspector general's report found prescription painkiller abuse is rampant in South Carolina, but there's no statewide effort to combat it.
The report recommended that lawmakers, state officials and the medical community work together, with doctors taking the lead.
The governor's council includes representatives of state law enforcement, health agencies and regulating boards.
They're to present an interim report by May 30th and a final report by October 1st.
Last month, Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell announced legislation that would criminalize the illegal possession of prescription drugs and impose tough penalties for prescription drug trafficking.