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Special-needs kids learn to avoid harmful drugs in unique program

Special-needs kids learn to avoid harmful drugs in unique program


Launched in March in partnership with Columbus City Schools, Stop to Live is being touted as the first in the United States to address substance-abuse prevention for special-needs children. Special-needs people are more at risk for substance abuse but are often overlooked when it comes to prevention strategies.

Dr. Maria Demosthenous was excited about the ornate round box she held in front of 11-year-old Xavier Desotelle. As the Columbus boy looked up at her from an examination table, she told him that the blue box with orange pompom fringe held something

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