ERIC Number: ED473615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Children at Risk. Information Bulletin.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Drug Intelligence Center.
An increasing number of children in the United States are exposed to toxic chemicals because methamphetamine laboratories are being operated in or near their homes. In addition, these children often are abused or neglected by the parents, guardians, or others who operate these laboratories. The number of children found at seized methamphetamine laboratory sites in the United States more than doubled from 1999 through 2001. Methamphetamine laboratory sites typically contain toxic chemicals and waste as well as finished product and drug paraphernalia. Children who inhabit homes where laboratories are present often inhale dangerous chemical fumes or gases or ingest toxic chemicals or illicit drugs. Exposure to these substances can cause serious short- and long-term health problems, including damage to the brain, liver, kidneys, lungs, eyes, and skin. Children whose parents or guardians produce or abuse methamphetamine also are likely to develop emotional and behavioral problems stemming from abuse or neglect. In addition, inhaling or ingesting toxic substances, such as those present at methamphetamine laboratories may cause cancer or death. This bulletin provides an overview of the problem, rates of exposure, effects of exposure, information on related abuse and neglect, and strategies to assist children at risk. (GCP)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Children, Illegal Drug Use, Physical Environment, Poisons
For full text: http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/pubs/1466/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Drug Intelligence Center.