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WREG, Salvation Army partner to host forum on heroin epidemic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- When video of a couple who overdosed on heroin in Midtown surfaced in October, it got the attention of the country and the community, including the Salvation Army.

”We felt it’s important for us, not just to post something on Facebook and look at it and say, 'That’s a good story or a bad story,' but to actually know what to do when things like that happen,” said Capt. Zach Bell with the Memphis Salvation Army.

WREG partnered with Salvation Army to hold a public forum Tuesday night at the Kroc Center. Experts in every field will discuss the heroin epidemic.

"This is everyone’s problem. This is everyone’s concern,” he said.

The Tennessee Department of Health released statistics Tuesday showing the Volunteer State had a record high number of overdose deaths in 2015.

More than 70 percent of those people overdosed on opioids, including heroin.

”It’s a call to action," Bell said. "It’s not just enough to be aware. The call is, that we as Memphians need to do something about it. We need to sit, to hear from professionals, our community and then for us to be challenged to make Memphis even better."