News/Articles

Heroin overdoses down in Sarasota County

January 28, 2016 – Action News 28 – (Tampa) – PJ Brooks was interviewed in a story regarding the decline of deaths from heroin overdoses.  Click here to read the article.

Authorities cracking down on heroin and fentanyl

October 6, 2015 – SNN – PJ Brooks was interviewed by SNN about the ease of access heroin and fentanyl, the heavy overdose risks associated with this drug and prevention efforts. To view the story in its entirety, click here.

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Heroin addiction causes, symptoms and recovery

September 3, 2015 – Alix Redmonde of WWSB ABC7 interviews a client from the First Step Choices program and VP of Outpatient Services PJ Brooks about heroin use and affects.

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Client Success Story

Here is a client success story, written by one of our partner agencies, Healthy Start.

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METV Up Close – the Heroin Epidemic

This one-hour panel discussion, which was produced by METV, provides in-depth information on how the heroin epidemic is affecting individuals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Sarasota Seeing Sharp Spike in Heroin Overdoses

July 16, 2015 – John Rogers of WFLA News Channel 8 interviewed PJ Brooks, First Step’s Vice President of Outpatient Services on a growing heroin problem in Sarasota County.

http://wfla.com/2015/07/16/sarasota-seeing-sharp-spike-in-heroin-overdoses/

Mom Has Two New Reasons to Change Life

For Immediate Release:
For more information, contact: Kelly French, 941-552-2065; kfrench@fsos.org

First Step of Sarasota’s Mothers & Infants program welcomed twins for the first time since 2007 and only the third time in the program’s 20-year history. The twins, Kiya and Alexis, mark the program’s 363rd and 364th healthy, drug-free births.

Mothers & Infants provides substance abuse treatment for pregnant, substance abusing women. While the program has many goals for clients, the two primary goals are abstinence from drugs and alcohol and the birth of a healthy, drug-free baby. For the women who enter the program, it often means a second chance. Many have been the victims of abuse, committed crimes to support their drug habit, or have older children who are in the custody of others.

Krystal was in a stable relationship and had three daughters at home when she decided to seek help for her drug problem of 12 years. She realized it was time to change her life and she needed to do this for herself and her family. She entered the program in March and learned in April that she was carrying twins. She stated, “Since being here, I’ve learned how to cope with stress and the problems you face in life, rather than turning to drugs when things go wrong.”

For more information about First Step or the Mothers & Infants program, please contact Kelly French at 941-552-2065 or kfrench@fsos.org. First Step is your local authority on substance abuse related topics.

Mothers & Infants program client Krystal holds twin daughters Alexis (left arm) and Kiya (right arm) who were born Friday, June 26.  Alexis was born weighing four pounds, 5 ounces and Kiya weighed five pounds 11 ounces.

Mothers & Infants program client Krystal holds twin daughters Alexis (left arm) and Kiya (right arm) who were born Friday, June 26. Alexis was born weighing four pounds, 5 ounces and Kiya weighed five pounds 11 ounces.