(3/8/19) “I don’t know if we’ll ever see an end to it but we’ve got to slow it down. We’ve got to slow this down,” said Barry Brister.
The opioid epidemic has been sweeping the nation over the last few years, taking lives and destroying families.
Brister said, “We have people dying everyday because of this and we need a community that will come together and work together to help see an end to this thing.”
Barry Brister, of Gateway Construction, along with a group of supporters came up with ‘Broken Wings’, a new drug rehab facility set to open by the end of the year.
The 32-bed facility will be one of kind here in Northeast Louisiana. A place where people can get the physical and emotional support they need.
“Also work on the spiritual. We’re not going to push down anyone’s throat but we’re sure going to make it is available,’ said Brister.
The project costs just over $1 Million and is completely paid for by private investors.
Residents we spoke to are excited about the opportunities it will bring.
“The jobs and the need, plus this building would be accessible to, you know, Highway 165,” said Edna Wilson who lives in Bastrop.
With thousands of people losing their life every year to drug overdoses, Brister knows the road to recovery can be long and hard.
But he says he is doing what he can to save who he can.