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Child safety with substance use problem

Where does one begin to talk about something so wrong? Go to https://newspunch.com and find the article with the headline, “Three Mothers Arrested in Ohio for Giving Their Kids to Pedophiles in Exchange for Drugs.”

The detailed article says, “Nine people have been indicted on an array of sickening pedophilia and child sex trafficking charges related to an Ohio pedophile ring that allegedly gave illegal drugs to young mothers in exchange for sexual access to their children.” Some of the children were as young as 3.

Netflix is currently showing “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich.”

And there is a movement that is pushing to normalize pedophilia, that it’s OK with a loving adult. REALLY???

Social media like Snapchat, Instagram and even the controversial TikTok urge you to protect your children from the at least 750,000 predators online around the world. You might want to check out their articles on the topic.

Substance abuse, we all know, is a terrible thing. Everyone is affected when it becomes a part of the family dynamic. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) reported in 2017, based on national surveys on drug use and health from 2009-2014:

– About 1 in 8 children (8.7 million) under the age of 17 lived in households with at least one parent who had a past year substance use disorder.

– About 1 in 10 children (7.5 million) lived in households with at least one parent who had a past year alcohol use disorder.

– About 1 in 35 children (2.1 million) lived in households with at least one parent who had a past year illicit drug use disorder.

“While many children will not experience abuse or neglect, they are at risk for maltreatment and entering the child welfare system,” according to the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, www.childwelfare.gov, in a bulletin for professionals. The same article states that, “National data reveal that slightly more than one-third of adults with substance use disorders have a co-occurring mental illness.”

Parental substance use can affect how parenting is handled. Impairments, physical or mental, caused by alcohol or drugs, interfere with parenting. Priorities get mixed up and family life becomes chaotic, unpredictable. Children’s basic needs are not met, things like healthy nutrition, nurturing and proper supervision. And now we can add child sex trafficking to that list.

The Children’s Bureau reports that child safety risks “depend on the level and severity of a parent’s substance use and related adverse effects.”

The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) is concerned about the safety of children and the health of families. OCTF has allocated funds to entities for the purpose of funding child abuse and child neglect prevention programs that have statewide significance and that have been approved by the children’s trust fund board.”

Addiction has no address, but Family Recovery Center does. For more information about the education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related behavioral issues, contact the agency at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or e-mail, info@familyrecovery.org. Visit the web site at www.familyrecovery.org. Family Recovery Center is funded in part by Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

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