Children of Meth Abusers Have Little Access to Help

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The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.)

Most methamphetamine users and “cookers” are of prime childbearing age – often raising small children in homes that double as toxic manufacturing labs and subjecting their offspring to risk of mental and physical trauma. This commentary notes that many children of meth users have been coached by their parents to resist authority and lie about their lives, or are forced to assume the role of parents to younger siblings and even to their own parents. Although officials uniformly remove children from meth-abusing parents and place them in foster care for their own safety, follow-up mental health services are virtually nonexistent – especially in rural areas where meth production is most prevalent. May 6,