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Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse
Series: State Statutes|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2012|
Current Through July 2012
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This factsheet discusses laws that address the issue of substance abuse by parents. Two areas of concern are the harm caused by prenatal drug exposure to the health and development of affected infants and the harm caused to children of any age by exposure to illegal drug activity in their homes or environment. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Prenatal Drug Exposure
Children Exposed to Illegal Drug Activity
Summaries of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2012). Parental drug use as child abuse. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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