Meth: The impact on our children

Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – Unfortunately when it comes to the health, well-being and futures of our children, more questions remain than answers, especially when it comes to what to do when a child’s hair sample tests positive for meth.

“There hasn’t been a lot of studies and research done to what you can do immediately,” said social worker Nicholas Stabenow-Schneider.

Here is what we do know. Children of meth users are at risk of social, emotional, developmental and behavioral problems during adolescence according to a study from the Annual Review of Public Health.

They could also have cognitive, psychological and permanent brain damage or physical impairments. Perhaps most disturbing, social services says while high on meth, parents may not be as discrete about sexual material or behaviors – leading to an increased number of children exposed to pornography or other harmful sexual situations which can lead to possible lasting trauma.

 

Kristen Shill

Kristen Shill

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