L.I. High School To House Drug Rehab Clinic

MASTIC BEACH, NY (WCBS 880) – A groundbreaking program will house a rehab clinic in a high school on Long Island.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reports

The idea is to bring help to drug and alcohol addicted students by housing an out-patient clinic – at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach.

It’s smart, says one parent, to bring help to the kids.

“Because right now, we have a major, major epidemic on Long Island with heroin,” the parent told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Xirinachs asked, “Why do you think it would be especially beneficial in a school?”

The parent answered, “In a school? Because I think that’s where it starts.”

It’ll make it easier for kids to seek help, says another dad.

The clinic would be run by a private firm at no cost to the district, paid for with parents’ health insurance.

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  • Lisa

    How about putting text books in the school first?

    • Textbook Paper Ain't Just for Rolling

      Though I agree with you that our schools need newer and more books, I disagree that we need to approach this before we take a shot at handling the drug issues that plague our youth. Drugs will always be there, available to our children, and if we do not deal with the cause and the symptoms we will have larger problems then text books. Having gone to this school, I can tell you first hand how the drug culture there is rampant. We need to address this problem from all angles, and this is just one of them. If you have more books and the children are too high to read… then the books are useless. Clean our children up and then, maybe, they will have a greater desire to succeed.


    a very noble idea, however this problem normally goes hand in hand with gangsterism and very diificult to solve one problem without encountering the other:how do you intend to harmonise the situatoin? im very interested in the ideas as they also benefit my school(sa) where drug abuse and gangstersim is a problem.

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