On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, a Conference was held at Xavier University on the country's addictions epidemic and its effect on children. The Conference drew hundreds of doctors, nurses, social workers, and addiction specialists. The epidemic has created a generation of children affected by their parents' problems. " The effect includes the physical problems of the addicted newborns and the chaos older children experience as a result of their parents addictions," said Dr. Kathy Wedig, a Neonatologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Dr. Wedig went on to say that the children cannot have a normal childhood. The Public Children Services Association of Ohio says the number of children taken into custody has risen 19 percent over the past seven years. This is largely due to parents' painkiller and heroin addictions. The PCSA says placing of children of addicts in protective custody is costing taxpayers $45 million a year.
In 2015, the State of Ohio saw a record 3,050 overdose deaths. It was a 20 percent increase from 2014 with many of those attributed to painkillers and heroin abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports opioid overdose deaths hit record levels in 2014, with a 14 percent increase from 2013.
- Associated Press via FoxNews.com