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NEWS10 Special Report: Making a difference

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BENNINGTON, Vt. -- With law enforcement struggling to keep up with a growing heroin epidemic, school officials are now joining the fight.

Heroin use in New York has doubled in just two years.

"There’s no magic bullet for it, if there was a magic bullet we would have already used that,” said Sue Maguire, principal of Mount Anthony Union High School.

So how does one stop the epidemic? Maguire, an educator for 37 years, says it’s not really about arresting kids.

The way she fights heroin, is not by disciplining, but by making small connections in the lives of young people caught up in a dangerous heroin world.

“Looking at the whole heroin problem, that's just overwhelming. But let’s start where we can start and have it grow from there,” she said.

Maguire starts her day before the sun rises, and before she even gets to work – she’s on the phone.

"I have kids on speed dial, and I give them a call and just make sure that they get out of bed and get to school because if they are not here, then we can’t support them.”

For an entire decade she’s called kids, many who need a loving adult.

"Sometimes it's the smallest thing that we do as adults to just show that we care,” she said.

She doesn’t have to make those calls every morning. She has no duty to get involved -- but she does., every day, out of love.


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