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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. First Step is your local authority on substance abuse related topics.
June 1 – NewsChannel 8 – Tampa – John Rogers interviews PJ Brooks about suspected drug-related death in Sarasota.
May 12, 2015 – ABC7 – WWSB – Interview with PJ Brooks regarding the rising use Fentanyl along with other drugs.
May 1 – WWSB ABC7 – First Step’s Bill Carter was interviewed about Medicaid.
February 26, 2015 – From the Black Tie section of the Observer Media Group.
February 26, 2015 – Sarasota Herald Tribune
Bradenton Herald, February 19 –
February 3, 2015 – WWSB ABC 7’s Alix Redmonde interviews First Step’s PJ Brooks, Bob Piper and a client.