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Drug-endangered Children Act: Information sheet

Alberta Children’s Services

A brief overview of Canada’s first DEC legislation, designed to protect children from adult drug activity. The law gives child welfare caseworkers and police officers the power to remove children from drug-involved parents or guardians. Defines drug endangered children and notes the need to protect them from drug activity, citing marijuana grow operations and methamphetamine labs in particular. Describes the health and safety risks faced by drug endangered children, such as exposure to toxic substances, abuse and neglect, lack of medical care, poor nutrition, and neurological damage.