Heroin epidemic plagues Memphis

Published: Sep. 9, 2016 at 9:18 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2016 at 9:58 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The nation is getting a close-up look today of a dangerous epidemic. Disturbing images of a drug overdose went viral Friday. They show a couple passed out in a car with their 4-year-old child in the back seat.

Ohio police posted the disturbing image saying they wanted to show the world the devastating impact heroin is having across the country.

"If you're shooting it, yeah that's very normal," Meghan Dawkins, a recovering heroin addict said.

Dawkins was a heroin addict for years.

"You become a slave to it instantly," she said.

After four years sober, she recently relapsed and ended up back on the streets. In the four years between using, she said the Mid-South heroin problem got even worse.

"It's just everywhere on the street. It's everywhere," Megan said.

Friday afternoon two people overdosed off Sycamore View Road. Police were not able to confirm that heroin was the culprit. One of the overdose victims died.

The two in the car in Ohio didn't die because they were given Narcan, a prescription medicine that can stop the effects of opioids. Even a 40-year treatment professional was shocked when we showed him the Ohio photo.

"Oh my gosh," Stephen Watts said.

Stephen Watts said heroin isn't just an epidemic nationwide, it's hitting Memphis hard as well.

"As far as Memphis, yeah we have a huge, huge problem with it," Watts said. "It's a lot of heroin around, and it's cheap."

Meghan has been clean and sober since August 4th. She said thinking of her two sons is the only reason she's still alive today.

"They give me a reason to live, they are my reason to live."

If you or a loved one is dealing with heroin addiction, Meghan suggests joining the "War Against Heroin" Facebook page, where numerous resources are listed to help.

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