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Prescription Heroin and Opioid and Awareness Week begins

Local centers offer help to continue to save the lives of those battling heroin addiction. (Source: WMBF News) Local centers offer help to continue to save the lives of those battling heroin addiction. (Source: WMBF News)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - It is Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, a designation made by President Barack Obama to call attention to the addiction problems gripping the nation.

First responders, medical professionals and counselors said heroin is by far the biggest fight they are up against right now.

In a 5-year period, experts said the volume of heroin-related crime has spiked drastically, leading to death, the ruining of lives and the breaking up of families. Obama is calling on Congress for $1.1 billion in funding to make sure anyone that wants treatment for heroin or an opioid use disorder can get it.

As of now, that funding has not been approved.

One local center in Horry County offering help is Shoreline Behavioral Health Services. Professionals there said over half of their patients are dealing with issues related to heroin. At least 10 of them each month want to start on a new journey.

And while Obama and federal agencies are working to fight the national epidemic, local professionals are working to understand how overwhelming addiction is and how painful it is to go through withdrawal.

Along with the services Shoreline provides, the facility is also pushing for police to have Narcan on hand at all times while also teaming up to help save lives through partnerships with Little River Medical Center.

"It's brand new and they're just getting into providing medication assistance treatment for people with opioid use disorder and we're assisting them with the treatment aspects of that," Shoreline Behavioral Health Services Executive Director John Coffin said.

Shoreline Behavioral Health Services accepts walk-ins and are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30p.m.

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