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

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 free and open to the public, will feature retired City of Hagerstown police officer Kevin Simmers, who lost his daughter to drug addiction.

After Brooke Simmers died of a drug overdose in 2015, Simmers and his wife, Dana, turned to advocacy in an effort to raise awareness of the drug addiction and heroin problem in the region. Their goal is to build a long-term, residential treatment facility in the Hagerstown, Maryland, area for young women suffering from addiction. During the talk, which is part of a HPERS course on substance use and abuse taught by adjunct professor Lisa Downie, Simmers will discuss his personal challenges in getting his daughter treatment and overcoming her death.