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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: South Carolina State Profile

NCJ Number
Date Published
August 2018
8 pages
Information and data are presented for the South Carolina prescription drug monitoring program, which is named the South Carolina Reporting & Identification Prescription Tracking System (SCRIPTS) and is administered by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The SCRIPTS email address is provided, along with website addresses for its home page, enrollment, queries, and data upload. Contact information is provided for the SCRIPTS Director and Program Coordinator. Data for 2017 cover the state population (5,088,916), DEA registered prescribers (22,773), and DEA registered dispensers (1,187). SCRIPTS available reports are listed. Its funding source for 2018 was controlled substance registration fees. The number of staff personnel for 2018 are reported for the following job classifications: operational (3), technical (0), analytical (1), and "other" (0). Significant SCRIPTS dates pertain to enabling legislation (June 2006), becoming operational (February 2008), initial user access (September 2008), online access (September 2008), and electronic reporting (February 2008). Source information is provided for state statutes and rules pertinent to SCRIPTS policies and procedures. Specified data on monitored drugs must be reported daily. The monitored prescription drugs are controlled substances on schedules II, III, and IV. Information must also be provided on naloxone administrations. SCRIPTS does not have the authority to monitor substances other than those already specified. Neither prescribers nor dispensers of monitored drugs are required to enroll in SCRIPTS; however, prescribers, but not dispensers, are required to use it. Law enforcement agencies can query information on a particular patient's drug purchases only when there is an active investigation of the patient. The SCRIPTS data retention policy is for the length of the data vendor contract. Training in the use of SCRIPTS is available for five stakeholder professions, but training is required before use only for prescribers and dispensers.