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Report: Opioid epidemic forcing more kids from home

January 08, 2018 07:03 PM

The opioid epidemic is leading to a growing number of children forced from their families. That's according to data compiled by researchers at the University of South Florida.

It found that from 2012 to 2015, the number of kids and teens removed from their homes because of parental neglect increased by 129 percent.

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The number of opioids prescribed during that time also rose.

Experts say children in these situations are at greater risk for juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy and physical problems.

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