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Children of Heroin Addicts Are Flooding State Foster Care Programs

Update Date: Feb 24, 2017 07:30 AM EST

Social services are experiencing an increase in the number of children with heroin addict parents, seeking for foster care. A total of 70 percent of children under the age of one is placed in Ohio foster care since 2015.

According to Daily Caller, the number of children being brought to social services is tremendously increasing. These children, mostly under the age of one are children of parents that abused the use of opioids, mostly heroin. Most of the children will never be returned to the custody of their parents due to their drug abuse as the problem continues to accelerate.

Statewide, 28 percent of the children brought to foster care are related to heroin and other drugs abuse and the rate continues to increase in other communities. Heroin abused is observed highest in rural areas with more that 50 percent of foster cases in Clermont County in 2016.

Although some parents are being reunited with their children after successfully battling drug abuse, a lot of children are still being left in foster care institutions.

In other news, a research being conducted in mice might be a genetic breakthrough and prevent humans from becoming addicted to cocaine, Independent UK reports. Researchers in Canada are using extra levels of protein, called cadherin, makes it difficult for a brain cell to receive and retain pleasurable signals and memory brought by the use of cocaine.

This research, if successful, can help in removing strong memories of drug use and may help cocaine addicts as well as other drug addicts from battling and recovering from their conditions.

Missouri is also experiencing such disturbing trends in their area. In 2016, at least 1 in every 1,000 babies born in the area suffer from opioid withdrawals and have increased by 538 percent since 2006. The Wisconsin Department of Health Service also revealed that babies born that are exposed to opioids have multiplied four times in the past decade.

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