One of the most-overlooked consequences of America’s “opioid epidemic” is the impact it is having on the next generation. When parents are jailed for drug offenses or die of drug overdoses, what happens to the children left behind?
A recent CNN report, 2.7 MILLION grandparents in America are raising their grandchildren, and substance abuse has a huge impact on this ongoing social crisis. In some areas of the country, parental drug and alcohol abuse is a factor of up to 80% of all cases where children are removed from parental custody.
“The opiate epidemic has essentially wiped out an entire generation of health advances…”
~Eli Saslow, “What Kind of a Childhood Is That?” (The Washington Post 12/17/16)
Over 52,000 people died due to drug overdoses in 2015, and the collateral damage to their families is extensive. The children of substance-abusing parents are:
- Three times more likely to be mentally, physically, emotionally, or sexually abused.
- Three times more likely to marry an addict.
- Four times more likely to BECOME an addict.
In addition, the sheer number of lives affected means that social support services are grossly inadequate. Children of addicted parents are at increased risk for:
- Poor school attendance
- Behavioral or learning disorders
- Criminal activity
Substance abuse is a FAMILY DISEASE. If you need help dealing with problematic drinking, prescription misuse, or illicit drug addiction, Lasting Recovery drug and alcohol outpatient rehab in San Diego can give you the tools and support you need to successfully return to sobriety.
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