Drug abuse, as well as alcohol abuse, is extremely prevalent throughout the United States. In 2013, it was estimated that over 24 million people in the U.S. who were 12 and older had used illicit drugs within the past month. While this is a huge problem that must be addressed to decrease crime and personal health problems, it is also an extremely dangerous problem for children. Even when children are not abusing the substances themselves, they are still at high risk for neglect, abuse, infectious diseases and much more simply from living with adults who abuse drugs or alcohol.
Substance Use Puts Family Members at Risk
Infants are also at great risk for problems when living with parents who abuse drugs because they are completely dependent on adults to care for them. These infants in Hesperia, Adelanto, and other places are often neglected, rarely make it to their well-child appointments regularly and are frequently behind on their vaccinations. In addition, these infants are often physically harmed because they live in unsafe environments with poor childproofing techniques.
However, elementary and middle school children, as well as teenagers, are also in danger in these environments. They may also be neglected and typically do not have the emotional connection that they need with these adults. These children, in Victorville and other cities, also have a 300 percent greater likelihood when compared to the rest of the population of being abused sexually, physically or emotionally. Oftentimes, these children must stay with relatives or be placed in foster care to find a safe place to grow.