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Consider This: Combating heroin epidemic will take awareness, action

Community action is needed to fight the local heroin epidemic. (Source: WMBF News) Community action is needed to fight the local heroin epidemic. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Recent developments in a shocking story has a lot of us breathing a sigh of relief.

The 4-year old boy who was seen in the devastating pictures of his grandmother and her friend passed out in an SUV from an apparent heroin overdose has a new home right here in Myrtle Beach.

The boy will live with his great aunt and uncle.

The pictures posted by an Ohio police department are hard to look at. But that's the point. Police officers have had enough and want people to understand the damage heroin is doing.

The problem is so rampant in Horry County that some emergency responders now are carrying the drug Narcan, which can save people's lives during an overdose, and are sometimes responding to one overdose an hour.

Consider This: Seventy-two people died in Horry County last year from overdoses and this year is looking just as bad.

The good news, if you can call it that, is a recent public meeting to discuss heroin brought out more than 400 people in Myrtle Beach. 

It's an epidemic that is affecting all levels of income and education and it is going to take awareness and action from everybody in our community to fight this.

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