By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are making a push to establish a public high school for students recovering from substance abuse.

If the legislation goes through, this school will be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania State Rep. John Taylor introduced the bill in the house that establishes funding for a four-year pilot recovery high school in Philadelphia.

“This is an attempt to solve a problem that’s beyond all of our reach and affecting not only Philadelphia and Pennsylvania but America,” said Taylor.

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Browne introduced the bill in the senate.

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He says the proposed 20 student high school is something that is needed to help teens through their recovery process so they do not relapse.

“There’s only one result of progressive addiction without intervention that happens in places like this and that is incarceration and death. four-year pilot recovery high school program,” said Browne.

There are currently 35 recovery high schools in 15 states that are recognized by the Association of Recovery Schools.
 

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