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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