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Fantastic Interview With Kevin Simmers From the BBC World Service

Posted on:Monday, November 20th, 2017 @ 6:02 pm

The Narcotics Officer’s Dilemma American Kevin Simmers has devoted his life to the war on drugs as a narcotics officer, but he saw addiction in a whole new light after a shock revelation from his daughter, Brooke.    

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Rajini Vaidyanathan From BBC Visits With Kevin Simmers

Posted on:Sunday, November 5th, 2017 @ 12:19 pm

When heroin hits home – the former drugs squad detective who lost a daughter to drugs. #OpioidCrisis — Rajini Vaidyanathan (@BBCRajiniV) October 27, 2017

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HPERS of Shepherd University to Sponsor Kevin Simmers on October 30 to Talk about Opioid Addiction

Posted on:Thursday, October 26th, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

The personal story of a local man whose life has been impacted by the opioid epidemic will be highlighted during a special lecture sponsored by the Shepherd University Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Sport Studies (HPERS) on Monday, October 30, at 6 p.m. in the Erma Ora Byrd auditorium. The event, which is …

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Volunteer Day at Brooke’s House

Posted on:Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 @ 6:57 pm

Many volunteers participated in the Volunteer Day Clean Up at the Brooke’s House property on Friday, Oct. 20th from 9am to 12pm.  Many students from Clear Spring High School joined the group.  They gave up their day off of school for Association Day to help this very worthy cause.  Tree limbs and other yard debris …

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Hagerstown Rotary Auction

Posted on:Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 @ 6:55 pm

On Sunday, October 29th the Hagerstown Rotary Club will hold a dinner auction from 4:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Elks Lodge 348 on Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown.  This auction will feature many, many exquisite items. Brooke’s House will be one the  donation recipients from the evening.  Tickets are $35.00.  Please plan on attending and supporting …

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A Drug Cop. A Daughter On Opioids. One Family’s Story Of Addiction.

Posted on:Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

Pictures of Brooke Simmers, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 19 on April 14, 2015. Kevin Simmers, Brooke’s father, is fundraising to build “Brooke’s House” near Hagerstown, MD, a long-term  drug treatment facility for young women trying to beat drug and alcohol addiction. Kevin Simmers spent years locking up drug dealers …

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Rehab house for Washington County women clears ‘huge hurdle’

Posted on:Friday, September 23rd, 2016 @ 7:10 pm

Submitted Photo:  Brooke in 2011 at High Rock, one of her favorite places. September 21, 2016 Brooke’s House, a proposed sober-living facility for local women, has found a home. The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday night granted a special exception for the center to be located south of Hagerstown in an area zoned …

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Family, winery partner to raise funds for women’s sober house

Posted on:Friday, September 23rd, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

Photo:  Joe Crocetta/Herald-Mail Media Staff Photographer SMITHSBURG — First, there was the story of 19-year-old Brooke Simmers, who died of a heroin overdose in April 2015 while battling her addiction. Nine months later, the story repeated itself, except with another victim. Mike and Anni Rhule said their 24-year-old daughter, Kristin, had been in recovery from …

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Second man gets prison time in woman’s heroin death

Posted on:Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 @ 9:57 am

BALTIMORE — A day after a co-defendant received eight years for his role in the heroin overdose death of a Clear Spring woman, a Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday to one year and one day in federal prison on charges of criminal conspiracy and distribution of heroin, according to U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Michael …

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Hagerstown man gets eight years in woman’s heroin death

Posted on:Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 @ 9:52 am

BALTIMORE — A Hagerstown man charged in connection with the 2015 overdose death of 19-year-old Brooke Simmers of Clear Spring was sentenced Monday in federal court to eight years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Cory Allen Kline, 32, had pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute heroin. In addition to …

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