Some serious changes are coming for South Carolina's drug possession laws.
New legislation aimed at addressing the growing opioid and heroin epidemic is making its way through the State House and Senate, and the South Carolina Attorney General is in the process of suing the maker of Oxycontin, one of the most well-known opioids on the market, for alleged deceptive marketing practices.
The Attorney General cites Purdue Pharma "downplaying the addictive quality" of the drug as one of the main alleged deceptions.
The State House and Senate aren't waiting for the outcome of the lawsuit, however: a slate of bills were introduced as early as February by a group of Republican state lawmakers intended to address the opioid epidemic from a legislative point of view.
We'll take a look at a few of these bills, and how they could affect prescription drug possession laws in South Carolina.