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Myrtle Beach City Council receives results of opioid epidemic study

Heroin and opioid abuse is a national crisis, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths from drug overdoses. Horry and Georgetown Counties have experienced this, too. Local governments and healthcare providers hired Professor Renee Causey at Horry-Georgetown Technical College to study what exists, what works and what changes ar...e needed. Specifically, her task was to research local policies, identify initiatives, highlight any gaps in service and provide recommendations for improvements which will help save lives.

Ms. Causey presented her findings during Thursday’s Myrtle Beach City Council workshop at the Convention Center. Download and/or read the full study at http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/agenda_details_T15_R115.php.

Funding for the $60,000 study came from a variety of stakeholders who are forced to respond to the consequences of heroin and opioid abuse. The City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County each contributed $12,500. The City of Georgetown and Georgetown County contributed $5,000 each, while healthcare providers HCA, McLeod Health, Tidelands Health and Conway Medical Center each contributed $6,250.