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The narcotics cop and a daughter hooked on heroin

Narcotics officer Kevin Simmers faced a heart-breaking dilemma when he discovered his teenage daughter was addicted to heroin.

Kevin Simmers devoted his life to the war on drugs as a narcotics officer in Maryland in the US. He spent years sending dealers and users to prison. But when his own teenage daughter got addicted to heroin, he faced a heart-breaking dilemma. He tells Outlook's Jo Fidgen his story and how last year he opened a rehab facility - named Brooke's House after his daughter - to help young women caught up in the opiate crisis.

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Picture: Kevin Simmers with his daughter Brooke
Credit: Courtesy of Kevin Simmers

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