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Opioid Crisis Leaves More Children in Foster Care and With Predisposition to Addiction

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By June 8, 2018

In possibly the most macabre new development in the opioid crisis, North Carolina nonprofit N.C. Child reports that the number of children in foster care have risen at a higher rate in recent years. Two of every five children in the foster care system in North Carolina are there because their parents were addicted to substances. The truly tragic thing is that these children are more than twice as likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol later in their lives as well. Fortunately, with the light shed on this alarming statistic, it is unlikely that this trend will continue if anyone has any say in it.

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A non-profit advocacy group says children whose parents have a history of substance abuse are entering foster care at a higher rate.

 

The report from N.C. Child cites the state Department of Health and Human Services, which says nearly 40 percent of children who go into foster care are there because of parental substance abuse. That’s up from 26 percent a decade ago.

 

The analysis blames the trend on the increase in opioid-related overdoses and fatalities. Children in these households are more than twice as likely to develop a dependence on drugs or alcohol, according to N.C. Child Research Director Whitney Tucker.

 

“It becomes this sort of cycle, unless there are interventions, that a lot of the time kids who grew up in households where their parents have these substance abuse problems also end up having substance problems of their own,” Tucker said. Click Here to Continue Reading

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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