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August 2020

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As Opioid Epidemic Rages On, Children Are Hidden Casualties

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Before COVID-19, Americans were fighting another public health crisis: opioid abuse and addiction. Often pushed off the front pages by the pandemic, the opioid crisis didn’t go away. Millions of Americans continue to struggle with the ripple effects on their families, friends and communities. But the profound challenges facing one very important group are often hidden from view: the children caught in the middle. With signs that the stress associated with the COVID pandemic may be fueling a new surge in drug use, it’s time for a closer look at this growing national problem.

BY THE NUMBERS

50%

Nearly half of all U.S. mothers were prescribed opioid painkillers over the past decade following their birth experiences.
 

VIDEO BOOKMARK

Addicted Parents, Absent Caregivers, Lost Kids

Thousands of children are in foster care or living with other family members after parents lose their battles with opioids.
 

THE DOCKET

TALKING TO TEENS ABOUT OPIOIDS

This guide can help you protect teens from opioid abuse now and as they transition into adulthood.

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