October 2005Vol. 6, No. 8New Webpage Links to Resources on Methamphetamine Abuse
The scourge of methamphetamine production and abuse continues to have a significant impact on child welfare. Many State and local child welfare agencies have been faced with increased caseloads as the children of meth-using parents have suffered from abuse or neglect or even exposure to the drug itself. Jurisdictions and child welfare agencies have developed special procedures for assessing children found in meth labs and for coping with some of the distinctive side effects that exposure to meth can produce. While much of this response is in the same vein as the child welfare response to other situations involving chronic substance abuse by caregivers, the magnitude of the meth problem and its unique aspects (particularly, the danger of meth labs) have prompted the development of new resources and new protocols.
Links to some of these resources are available on Child Welfare Information Gateway. It lists more than 30 resources that cover three areas of concern regarding the impact of methamphetamines on child welfare:
- Statistics and the Scope of the Problem includes transcripts from a congressional subcommittee hearing on methamphetamine trafficking and abuse, the results of surveys of U.S. counties on the impact of meth, and other resources exploring the extent of the problem.
- Responding to and Treating Methamphetamine Use includes protocols from several different States designed to guide professionals working with at-risk children and families, as well as a number of promising practices and strategies for addressing methamphetamine abuse in individuals and in communities.
- Additional Information on Methamphetamines and Child Welfare includes links to a number of Federal resources (e.g., the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare and the National Institute on Drug Abuse) and other national and State resources that can provide useful information to communities, States, tribes, agencies, and individuals.
To access these resources and check for updates, visit www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/substance/drug_specific/meth.cfm.