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Prescription Pain Killers: The Latest Threat to Child Welfare

How analytics can play a role in improving child well being, safety and permanency

About this paper

The epidemic of prescription opioid abuse puts children at serious risk. Nationally, between 60 and 80 percent of child abuse and neglect cases involve a parent or guardian abusing substances. When child welfare agencies can integrate their records with data from state-run Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), they can identify and prioritize at-risk cases and make better and more proactive decisions to protect children. The data sources are already there; they’re just not being used – yet.

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