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Parents who are opioid addicts need help, not society's judgment | Melani Carefoot

Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 9:38 AM | By Melani Carefoot

Children throughout the world are separated from their parents for a multitude of reasons. These can include war, famine, military service, premature death of a parent or child protection intervention. The current opioid epidemic, reported to be most serious in British Columbia and Alberta, is just another way separation can occur.

News reports on drug-related deaths rarely indicate if the deceased are parents, but through my professional work as a registered social worker, I am aware that this is sometimes the case. I also know that...