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Ohio House Plans Bill Sending Kids Of Drug-Addicted Parents To College

Feb 12, 2018

Daisy Tolliver smiles at Waverly Police Captain Dennis Crabtree at a news conference with Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (right) and Representative Scott Ryan
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Majority Republicans in the Ohio House soon plan to introduce a bill sending to college a group of kids whose parents are addicted to opioids and other drugs. 

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.  

OhioCorps would create community opportunities for high school students to earn money for college, and then once in one of Ohio’s 14 public universities, they’d earn college credit for mentoring children of addicts in middle and high school. It’ll likely start as a pilot program in hard-hit southern Ohio. Daisy Tolliver is a freshman at Waverly High School in Pike County, and wants to major in business to open a dance studio.

“It’s like a new future and something we grew up – we didn’t see that stuff, with our moms doing drugs, our father, alcohol, everything. It’s just a goal that we can strive to get at it.”

There’s no word on how much OhioCorps would cost in state funds, but Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he’s also approached big drug makers to pitch in some money.