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Children Living with Substance Abusing or Substance Dependent Parents
http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k9/SAparents/SAparents.htm

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's recent report,  "Children Living with Substance-Abusing or Substance-Dependent Parents," shows that nine percent of children in 2001 lived with at least one parent who abused or was dependent on alcohol or an illicit drug during the past year.  Of these six million children, more than four million lived with parents who abused or were dependent on alcohol; almost one million lived with a parent who abused or was dependent on an illicit drug; and more than half a million had a parent who abused or was dependent on both alcohol and an illicit drug.

(Excerpted from Children Living with Substance Abusing or Substance Dependent Parents, a National Household Survey on Drug Abuse Report found on the website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, http://www.samhsa.gov, 2003)





 

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