For Opioids’ Youngest Victims, Is Help Too Little, Too Late?
Drug abuse is overwhelming the child welfare system at unprecedented rates. Solutions are slowly emerging, but they aren’t always adopted.
June 26, 2017 • J.B. Wogan
Police in East Liverpool, Ohio, last fall wanted to show the graphic toll of opioid overdoses, so they made the decision to post some photos to Facebook. The shocking images, which an officer had taken during a traffic stop, were graphic and heart-wrenchingly poignant. A man and a woman sit unconscious in the front seat of an SUV, slumped at impossible angles, mouths agape. Meanwhile, a 4-year-old blond child — the woman’s grandson — stares from the back seat.