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Child Abuse

Drugs and Child Abuse

03/27/2002

Question:

I`ve noticed alot of news about child abuse, and how the kids would say that the person who abused the child had been doing drugs of some sort. I`m wondering if someone other than me thinks that`s why the child was abused?! If that`s not why you think the abuse is so heavy, or you agree send comments to: thanks!

Answer:

Many environmental factors increase the risk of abuse to a child. Poverty, domestic violence, single parenthood, and drug abuse are some of these factors. Child abuse may occur, however, even when none of these risk factors are present. Randall Schlievert, MD Fellow, Child Abuse Team

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Response by:

Robert Shapiro, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati