Massachusetts Senate Proposes New Schools for Recovering Addicts
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Recovering drug addicts in Massachusetts may soon have the means to attend new recovery high schools.
State Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced that $1 million in funding will go towards opening two recovery high schools, one of which is expected to be in Worcester. The state already has recovery high schools in Springfield, Boston, and Beverly, but with the recent spike in opioid overdoses, policymakers are reconcentrating their efforts.
“Substance abuse we all know is a crisis across the state, impacting all our families,” said Spilka.
If the bill passes, Massachusetts will provide a total of $3.1 million for the two recovery high schools. But they also plan to provide $5 million towards 150 new post-detox treatment beds, $1 million for a pilot program to purchase Narcan in bulk, and $10 million towards a substance abuse trust fund.
Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer of addiction services for the Sisters of Providence Health System, hopes the new budget proposal will provide support to adolescent drug addicts looking to get clean and stay clean.
“It’s an important part of an overall approach to addressing opioid misuse and addiction,” said Roose.