The Transylvania Times -

Report: Opioids Devastating Families


June 21, 2018

The opioid epidemic has devastated North Carolina families, driving thousands of children into foster care, according to a new report by NC Child.

Statewide, parental substance misuse was a contributing factor to children entering foster care in 39 percent of cases in FY 2016-17, a 50 percent increase since FY 2007-08.

In Transylvania County, 38 percent of children were in out-of-home care in FY 2016-17 as a result of parental substance misuse. The report argues that unaffordable health insurance puts treatment out of reach for many struggling to overcome opioid addiction. Closing th...

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