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Supporting Children Affected by Parental Methamphetamine Use

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) – 2021

In many areas of the country, methamphetamine use is the predominant substance that is misused, often in conjunction with alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco. Parents who use methamphetamine can impact their child’s development and increase the risk of child neglect or abuse. This tip sheet explores the effects that parental methamphetamine use can have on a child’s health and well-being. It includes strategies for child welfare staff and other professionals who work with families affected by parental methamphetamine use. This tip sheet is a companion to Strategies to Support Parents with Methamphetamine Use Disorder and their Families, which explains treatment interventions and strategies for working with parents who use methamphetamine. (Author abstract)