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This article characterizes the opioid epidemic is a crisis of disrupted parental attachment. Children who have parents with substance use disorders need healthy attachment bonds with their primary adult caregiver in order to grow, develop, and thrive. Foster care is a crucial therapeutic intervention that can address this need while helping to ensure the child’s safety and wellbeing but is not the only way. Family First embraces the core principle of avoiding unnecessary foster care by addressing the needs of families in crisis.
The American Indian experience of historical trauma is thought of as both a source of intergenerational trauma responses as well as a potential causative factor for long-term distress and substance abuse among communities. The aims of this study were to evaluate the extent to which the frequency of thoughts of historical loss and associated symptoms are influenced by: current traumatic events, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cultural identification, percent Native American Heritage, substance dependence, affective/anxiety disorders, and conduct disorder/antisocial personality disorder (ASPD).
In response to the Administration’s 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, the U.S. Department of Justice established the Federal Interagency Task Force on Drug Endangered Children (DEC).The DEC Task Force Federal Partnerships Subcommittee conducted an assessment of promising practices in the field and of training modules provided by federal, state, local, tribal, and community-based providers across the country. This toolkit is a compilation of many of those practices for your use, separated into three categories: (1) increasing DEC awareness, (2) fostering community collaboration and (3) creating a more effective response.
Many families become involved in the child welfare system due to substance use-related safety and parenting concerns. This issue of CW360° features a partnership with the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health and explores the impact and implications of families’ co-occurring involvement in the child welfare and substance use disorder treatment systems and work at the local, state, and federal levels to support families.
This document developed by SAMHSA provides brief summaries of substance abuse prevention strategies and associated programs that have been evaluated to determine their effects on the nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD.) It should be considered a resource for state and community prevention practitioners seeking information on interventions to reduce NMUPD
This report developed by Mental Health First Aid and the National Council for Behavioral Health outlines the major uptake in opiate use, misuse and addiction. It presents the challenges and emphasizes the importance of prevention underscoring the need for investment in and commitment to these activities.
Using the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool to Assess and Plan for sustainability.
Using data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being II (NSCAW II), this article examines the impact of caregiver substance abuse on children’s exposure to violence in the home in a nationally representative sample of families involved with child protective services (CPS). Logistic regression analyses indicate an increased risk of witnessing mild and severe violence in the home for children whose primary caregiver was abusing alcohol or drugs.
This AAP clinical report reviews some of the short-term effects of maternal substance use during pregnancy and long-term implications of fetal exposure inclduing medical, psychiatric, and behavioral symptoms of children and adolescents in families affected by substance use.It provides suggestions for pediatricians, including screening families, mandated reporting requirements, and directing families to services.
National experience demonstrates that prevention initiatives have contributed to past or ongoing reductions in cocaine use, underage drinking, and youth cigarette smoking. Identifying evidence-based preventive measures for opioids remains a work-in progress that will require more documentation of how prevention strategies can best ameliorate the current crisis. This article presents an update and makes the case for more research, evaluation and community-based prevention.