High School Trains Students As Addiction Recovery Coaches


On this West Virginia Morning, news about West Virginia and the opioid epidemic is usually about the state being at the bottom of a variety of statistics. But today we hear a more hopeful story about one high school that is working to interrupt the cycle of addiction by training high school students as recovery coaches. Kara Lofton reports.

Also on today’s show, in the latest episode of Inside Appalachia, we look at how elections in 2020 are shaping up. According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website, 18 people are running for governor against incumbent Republican Jim Justice, who was elected as a Democrat but switched to the Republican party only seven months into his term. This morning we hear the first of a two-part story about how each party is gearing up. Independent producer Kyle Vass starts with a look at the Republican side of the 2020 gubernatorial election.

We’ll hear the second part of this story, highlighting some of the Democratic candidates for Governor, in tomorrow’s show. You can also hear the full episode of Inside Appalachia, as we explore politics across our region.

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