South Carolina

Allocation of Funds

South Carolina is participating in the national settlement and has created the South Carolina Opioid Recovery Fund (managed by the SCORF Board) which is divided into 2 buckets:

15% [Discretionary Subfund] – Grant dollars –  Available through a competitive grant process for any person or entity working to help address the opioid epidemic as long as funding is used on an Approved Abatement Strategy).

85% [Guaranteed Political Subdivision Fund] – Local dollars Split up among Political Subdivisions (see page 25, Exhibit B). A certain amount is automatically available to jurisdictions for 4 years. If unspent, it will be moved to the Discretionary Subfund. Political Subdivisions must request funding from the SCORF Board, but they will be approved as long as the request meets criteria.

Note: the 15/85 split is for funds paid up until 2030. Any settlement funds paid after 2030 will be split 50/50.

The SCORF Board meets bi-monthly in Columbia, SC. Some meetings are live-streamed, but recordings are not made available. Minutes are posted on the website, but often lag several months. Members of the public can attend meetings, but there is no opportunity for public comment. The SCORF Board also hosts “Friday Morning Coffee” chats via Zoom the 1st Friday of each month at 9:30pm EST. This is advertised as a time to ask questions and hear announcements about opioid settlement funds.

In June 2023, the SCORF Board released their 2022 annual report. The report includes information about what percentage of funds are allocated for counties and municipalities as well as about the board members and who appointed them.

Show Me The Money

Distributor & Janssen Settlement: $300 million
McKinsey & Company:
$9 million
Mallinckrodt:
$2.3 million
Teva, Allergan, CVS, & Walgreens:
$242 million
Walmart:
Participating
Endo:
Participating
Purdue: Participating

Also see the Global Settlement Tracker.

Community Advocate Guide

Christine Minhee, J.D. of OpioidSettlementTracker.com and Vital Strategies released comprehensive guides on opioid settlement funds for all 50 states and the District of Columbia! Each guide contains essential information on total funding, legal mechanism(s) governing the process, and funding allocations in each state.

Check out the South Carolina Guide for more in depth information about the state’s plan for managing and allocating funds (info is current as of 5/11/23).