More Than 600,000 Opioid Abusers Raising Kids in U.S.

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

By Alan Mozes

They might be too young to abuse opioids themselves, but America's kids are suffering nonetheless because of their drug-dependent parents.


New research shows more than 600,000 American parents with kids under 18 are addicted to opioids.


That amounts to almost 1% of parents of minors, most of whom aren't getting treated, the study found. In addition, about 4 million parents have substance abuse problems, such as alcoholism. Many in both camps have mental ills as well.