The breadth of the opiate epidemic and its social implications have been topics of discussion for some time now in New Hampshire. Often not included in these conversations, however, is the impact of opiate abuse on the well-being of users’ children.
Recently, there has been a noticeable increase in the need for extended family members or concerned family friends to step in to care for minor children because parents are impaired and unable or unavailable to provide adequate parental care. As suggested by recent legislation, such a need appears to be due – at least in part – to the opiate epidemic.
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