Lorain County schools joining fight against heroin addiction, superintendents say

By Richard Payerchin, The Morning Journal

Lorain County’s school leaders say they are lining up with health and safety agencies to fight the opioid epidemic.

On May 15, local superintendents talked about heroin addiction and how the problem affects students as they try to learn their reading, writing and arithmetic.

The schools are developing programs to convince students to stay away from the drugs, said Elyria City Schools Superintendent Thomas Jama and Keystone Local School District Superintendent Franco Gallo.

But, there are consequences because students must deal with addiction when their parents or friends become hooked on opioids, they said.

They and their staff were the keynote speakers at the fifth annual Lorain County Superintendent Summit hosted by the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and presented by the Stocker Foundation at Lorain County Community College.

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