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Opioid recovery programs struggling, despite Trump's health declaration

Sarasota home for mothers at capacity
Posted at 4:41 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 16:41:10-04

Prodigal Daughters is a drug recovery program in Sarasota. The founder, Denise Gattuso has six recovering mothers living with her. She said the need keeps growing.

“Last year we would get one or two per week, now we are getting up to five referrals per week,” said Gattuso.

She said all the funding comes from private entities. She’s hoping President Trump’s National Health Emergency Declaration will eventually open funds for programs like her.

“We don’t want to do this alone its a community thing,” said Gattuso.

Amber Gordon realizes how important the program is for mothers who are struggling with addiction. She’s been in the program for about a year and half.

“I struggled with substance abuse for about twenty years, I’m clean now and I have hope,” said Gordon.

You can learn more about the program by clicking here.