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Woman finishes opioid awareness walk in Florida Keys

Posted: 9:00 AM, Jun 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-15 09:01:16-04

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A South Carolina woman has reached the Florida Keys, completing a 2,575-mile (4,144-kilometer) walk to give attention to the opioid overdose crisis.

Jessie Grieb finished her East Coast Overdose Awareness Walk Friday at Key West's Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S. marker. Friday marked the fourth anniversary of her brother Brian's death by accidental overdose. Grieb's boyfriend succumbed to heroin, and she has struggled herself with addiction since she was 17.

The Pawleys Island resident started her journey in Fort Kent, Maine, July 28, 2018, after she had suffered a relapse.

To help carry supplies, Grieb pushed a small cart named "Lieutenant Dan" in honor of the "Forrest Gump" character who dealt with addiction in the movie.

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