Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Recovery-Schools

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Recovery-Schools

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VANCOUVER - Parents whose children started doing drugs during their teens and fatally overdosed as young adults say high schools that provide recovery programs could save lives.

Janice Walker's son, Joe, started smoking marijuana at age 15 and was kicked out of school as his drug use progressed, landing him at an alternative education program where he met kids who were worse than him.

Walker says recovery high schools would allow students to get the support they need through professional staff providing innovative programs and peer support from others trying to recover from addiction.

Deb Bailey says her daughter, Ola, started using drugs at 14 and a recovery school would have helped her daughter with mental health supports. …

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