Kids Have Life-Long Health Effects From Living in Meth Homes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/9/05

Kids Have Life-Long Health Effects From Living in Meth Homes

Last Thursday we showed you the impact meth labs leave on innocent children., now we look at the health risks drug-addicted parents leave on their kids.

Video from the Colorado Police Drug Task force taking down a meth lab was shocking. Parents were being arrested for manufacturing drugs as their children and babies were ripped from their homes. But that's step one to getting those children out of a dangerous situation.

The Silent Victims of Meth
Meth has become such a problem here on the South Plains, that Lubbock police say every week they investigate some type of activity involving the drug, but how does it effect our children?

Officer Byron Gray from Lubbock Police Department said "After the cycles begun, you'll find lack of food in the residence, you're gonna find soiled linens, and just a real dirty atmosphere for that type of situation." Lubbock police say half of their drug raids involve children, and where there's toxic chemicals, there's bound to be health risks. Gray talks about some of those health risks. "During manufacturing you may have a child who experiences trauma maybe to his lungs just from the fumes and chemicals in a meth lab."

The Early Childhood Intervention Program in Lubbock works with children with another type of health effect, those born into this world with a deadly addiction. Laura Kender says, "Some drugs make babies jittery, or fussy. They will have sensory issues."

National research shows that 90% of children living in meth houses test positive for the drug. Kender says, "Often times we will have a baby that either is going through withdrawals because drugs are in their system or they may have positive urine samples."

In Lubbock, drug-addicted babies are cared for in neonatal intensive care units. The early childhood intervention program will then come in and try to help with family counseling, in hopes for rehabilitation. Kender said "When they (drug-addicted parents) do give birth a baby might turn their life around, the parents might want help."

A Closer Look at Meth
The following links explain how meth is synthesized, used, and its long term effects.

Meth labs have become an epidemic all over the nation, and in our own backyards. If you would like to help in the fight against meth labs, Lubbock police ask that you keep your eyes and ears open around your neighbors, family and friends.

Here are some ways you can detect a meth addict:

  • Repetitive Behavior
  • Inability to Sleep or Eat
  • Severe Weight Loss
  • Rotting Teeth
  • Scars and Open Sores
  • Paranoia

If you or someone you know might have a problem with drug addiction, you can go to stopmethaddiction.com to get help now.

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