Opiate addicts flood child welfare system

Seven in 10 infants younger than 1 year old placed into Ohio foster care have parents with a substance abuse problem, and that’s a problem Ohio’s leaders haven’t adequately tackled, a group of child welfare stakeholders said in a report released Tuesday.

Parents using heroin, cocaine or both comprise more than 25 percent of child welfare cases, compared with 15 percent five years ago. The number of cases involving heroin users has grown faster than cocaine users, according to a group of state officials and child welfare experts that compiled recommended changes for the legislature and administration.

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