Dani DiPirro , NACoA Communications Specialist
Last week you might have seen this video of a mother attempting to inject heroin while her 4-year-old son stood nearby. As the drug and opioid epidemic sweeps across the nation, heartbreaking images like this are appearing with unfortunate regularity, sprinkled with stories about the extraordinary generosity of people, often grandparents, reaching out to foster some of the children whose parents have been captured by opioid addiction, an insidious brain-base disorder. Whether drug misuse happens in a back alley in Cincinnati, OH, as seen in this video, or on the marble counter tops of an estate in the Hamptons, children across the country are living in homes where parental addiction is present — an undeniable reality often ignored when the impact of addiction is presented in the media and in purportedly comprehensive government reports and commissions.
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