His Daughter Died Of An Opioid Overdose. So He Built A Treatment Facility In Her Name

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Jenn McLucas (facing camera) embraces resident Nichole Schuster after the first graduation ceremony at Brooke's House. McLucas serves as the clinical director for the long-term treatment facility in Hagerstown, Md. Tyrone Turner/WAMU

Kevin Simmers tried desperately to get his daughter the help she needed to break her addiction to drugs, but he ran out of time.

Nineteen-year-old Brooke Simmers overdosed and died in 2015. After her death, Kevin Simmers — a veteran narcotics cop in Hagerstown, Maryland — was determined to create the kind of residential rehab facility for women that he couldn't find for his daughter.

Brooke's House opened last summer. It's tucked behind a wind-swept cornfield on the outskirts of Hagerstown. The women residents go through months of intense counseling and have access to medical assisted treatment. The first group completed the six-month program of sobriety, counseling and treatment in January.

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