“Teen treatment is such a gateway moment,” said Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar as she summarized key takeaway ideas from the expert panel discussion of the opioid epidemic and solutions proposed in new legislation, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0.
The Senator invited Michael Durchslag, Director of the oldest and very respected recovery high school, P.E.A.S.E. Academy which is part of Minnesota Transitions Charter School’s network of schools. Durchslag shared his insights as part of this panel conversation that included a paramedic, a Drug Enforcement Agent, doctors and a mother and a wife who lost loved ones to opioid addiction. There was deep sharing from the many complicated angles of opioid addiction.
Durchslag brought an important perspective to the conversation—the unique needs of youth “Meaningful services after addiction is critical,” Durchslag shared with the Senator and panel. When students get the support and tools they need following treatment, their chances of long term success is so much greater. When students just go back to their school and peers after addiction treatment, whether opioids or other addictive substances, relapse is common. Young people need tools and a support community.
“The legislation the senator is supporting invests in recovery which is such an important part of any conversation about addiction. I was honored to be included in this important conversation.” said Durchslag.
To read more about this event read this Star Tribune article
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