New high school for recovering students to open in Franklin County
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new school is being planned for Franklin County to fight back against the opioid epidemic from inside the classroom.
According to the Association of Recovery Schools, there are 40 “recovery” high schools across the country and soon, the first will open in Ohio. It’s called Heartland High School.
It’s a school Forest Thiel wished he went to when he was in high school. Thiel said when he was a sophomore he was addicted to painkillers and Xanax.
“Sometimes I would say this shot might kill me or this drug might kill me but that seemed like a safe alternative,” said Thiel.
Thiel went to rehab twice and fell right back into the cracks.
“I know part of my reason relapsing and not being able to stick with it is because when I was in my public high school, all there were people getting high. It’s the cool thing to do, it’s what everybody’s doing,” said the now 19-year old.
But now there will soon be a brand new high school dedicated to helping these students fight addiction.