Drug Endangered Children
In North Carolina, children have been found living in one out of every four homes where meth is made. Living in these homes means they are exposed to hazardous chemicals, toxic fumes, and potential fires and explosions. Some addicts even allow their children to help make meth.
The chemicals used to cook meth contaminate the carpets, furniture, wallpaper and even a child’s clothes and toys. Children who are removed from these homes when their parents are busted have to leave all of their belongings behind.
One in three children found living in meth labs test positive for traces of the drug. The health risks to children who are exposed to meth labs are especially serious because their immune systems are not fully developed.
North Carolina has a comprehensive strategy
for helping these drug-endangered children. This protocol was developed by the NC Division of Social Services in consultation with the SBI
and other state and local agencies.