State data in Ohio shows that heroin use is being increasingly mentioned as the reason many Ohio children are being taken away from their parents and placed into foster homes.
The Associated Press reports that child protective serves intervened because of heroin more than 25,000 times between 2009 and 2013.
Southwestern Ohio has seen a particular increase in heroin related interventions in that time. Montgomery County reported a more than 130-percent increase and Butler county jumped more than 180 percent. Clark County rose nearly 30 percent.
Experts say heroin addicts stop spending money on things other than drugs, including food, rent, power, and water. Children often are traumatized when they’re moved to a foster home that can be a completely different community and environment.
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