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iStock_000021351567SmallWith the state’s heroin problem getting worse and the overdose death toll only rising, the governor’s task force has created a battle plan to go up against the issue. And that battle plan starts with the state’s first “recovery high school.”

What are recovery high schools? Will they work?

Well, New Jersey’s first public “recovery high school,” is an education model meant to house students who have recently graduated from treatment centers and shield them from the daily question “you aight?” in the school hallways. Because these school hallways are where they met their first drug dealer, in most cases. The recovery high schools are meant to be a support system as younger addicts transition from rehabilitation back into their daily life.

Pamela Capaci, director of Prevention Links in Roselle, will launch the state’s first public recovery high school in September. Capaci has been trying to open the program since 2010 but was faced with funding issues so it never happened, that is, until now.

The recovery high school will work as a model and hopefully lead other districts to consider opening their own recovery schools if the Union County program is proven to work. What do you think? Will it work? Will this really help to stop younger addicts from relapsing or going back to using drugs?

From what we know about addiction, this would be useless in some people’s minds. What are your thoughts?

How do you feel about recovery high? If you were a kid or still are a kid, would you be willing to go to recovery high? Does it help? Will it help? What do you know about recovery high? Have you ever experienced anything similar to it? Do you have any other questions about it? What do you think? Let us know in the comments if you think this is a an effective way to combat the heroin problem or not. Share with us! We want to hear your thoughts, questions and opinions.