Helpless & Hooked: The most vulnerable victims of America’s opioid epidemic

Number 27317
Subject Drugs
Source Reuters
Year 2015
Publication Date Dec. 7, 2015 (3-part investigative series)
Summary A federal law requiring states to develop plans to protect children born dependent on drugs is routinely being ignored. As a consequence, Reuters found, babies and toddlers are dying preventable deaths, not because of the opioids in their systems but because they are sent to unsafe homes. We identified 110 children whose mothers used opioids during pregnancy and who died after being released to parents ill-equipped to care for them.
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Keywords children; pregnancy; dependency; heroin; preventable; deaths
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