➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway
US: For Opioids’ Youngest Victims, Is Help Too Little, Too Late?
Governing – June 30, 2017
Opioids pose special challenges for child welfare agencies. Compared with addiction to cocaine or methamphetamine, the recovery period is longer and the chance of relapse is higher. Sobriety is often a requisite for placing children back with parents. But federal law mandates a short window –less than two years — for parents to undergo treatment and demonstrate that they’re sober enough to regain custody of their child.