Woman finishes opioid awareness walk in Florida Keys

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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Jessie Grieb is emotional immediately after arriving at the Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S. marker Friday, June 14, 2019, (Giancarlo Espinosa/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

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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