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Addicts in treatment suspected of giving children hard drugs

The Local · 18 Mar 2011, 16:41

Published: 18 Mar 2011 16:41 GMT+01:00

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Traces of illegal drugs were found on hair samples for 14 out of 15 children tested in the last several months, spokeswoman Petra Kodré said, describing the numbers as “alarming.”

The children were removed from their parents’ custody.

The situation prompted to officials to test another 30 children aged one to three-years-old, along with their siblings, she said.

Results of these tests – the first systematic analysis of its kind – are expected in about one month, Kodré said.

Younger children seem to be in particular danger of this kind of abuse, because their parents are most likely to be overwhelmed and may be using drugs to calm the tots.

Should the results of the most recent analysis mirror those of the first 15, it would turn drug therapy “upside down” across the nation, she said.

Until now officials have assumed that parents receiving methadone therapy – the medically controlled use of a replacement drug for heroin and other opiates – were otherwise drug-free.

Addicts in such programmes who wish to maintain custody of their children must sign a legal agreement to abstain from drugs, a promise monitored by social workers.

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In Bremen there are currently about 90 children whose parents are undergoing drug replacement therapy.


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22:42 March 18, 2011 by sabine1960
Thank goodness they WERE removed from their parents, if this was in England, most would still be there, there was a recent case where a tot of 3 was found to have been addicted to alcohol for 6 months, social services had been involved but had not acted, in fact l am not sure even now if he was left or finally taken into care, but IF he was, it took them long enough. And the baby Peter case, where, despite 50 !!!!! visits by social workers who were so naive as to be fobbed of, time and time and time again by the devious parents, and, due to the breakdown of communication between the social services, hospitals and police, this little boy was finally beaten to death, at the age of 17 months! Unbelievable. England could, and should, learn a lot about the German way of doing things and protecting children, they believe in early intervention to give the child the best possible chance in life. Children in Germany who are being abused are removed swiftly to a place of safety and care, where they will get the best possible chance to groe into emotionally stable adults, and not left to die or become emotionally scarred adults.
00:43 March 19, 2011 by derExDeutsche
The children were Breastfeeding from addicts. Women, who use drugs, breastbeeding a
15:20 March 19, 2011 by sabine1960
Quote: ---00:43 March 19, 2011 by derExDeutsche

The children were Breastfeeding from addicts. Women, who use drugs, breastbeeding a

Reply:---There is nothing in the article that says these women were breastfeeding, it just says " small children" and says the mothers are suspected of giving them hard drugs such as cocaine, and also traces were found in the hair.
00:07 March 20, 2011 by William Thirteen
a number of ridiculous assumptions.

1. 'officials have assumed that parents receiving methadone therapy were otherwise drug-free.' wrong, not having to spend money on heroin enables addicts on methadone to spend money on cocaine.

2. drug addicts aren't interested in sharing their drugs with anyone, especially some pesky kid who is bringing them down with all their annoying demands for 'nurturing' & 'parenting"
12:51 March 20, 2011 by sabine1960
QUOTE:--drug addicts aren't interested in sharing their drugs with anyone, especially some pesky kid who is bringing them down with all their annoying demands for 'nurturing' & 'parenting"

You are UNBELIEVABLE. People CHOOSE to have chindren, and those children have the right to "nurture" and to be loved,if people can`t do that then don`t have them, there are enough condoms or the pill around for that.And they are not "pesky" kids, you`re obviously american,and your comments so far make me wonder about YOUR childhood, l really hope you don`t have children, you obviously can`t stand them, and are definately not parenting material,far too immature, or perhaps you really are 13, that wouldn`t surprise me, but your attitude towards children stinks.
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