The Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children promotes the health, safety, and well-being of drug endangered children.
Colorado Drug Endangered Children is the Colorado Chapter of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.
Colorado DEC focuses on the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services in hopes of addressing the larger impacts of substance abuse, breaking the cycle of addiction, and expanding the opportunities for drug endangered children. Children are drug endangered when their caregiver’s substance use or involvement in the illegal drug trade results in child maltreatment or interferes with their ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment.
Healthy child development requires positive caregiver relationships and a predictable consistent environment. However, when parental substance use or involvement in the illegal drug trade is present in the home, the situation can be chaotic; failing to prioritize the children’s needs, and have a negative impact on their physical and emotional well-being. Children whose parents abuse alcohol or drugs are three times more likely to be verbally, physically or sexually abused and four times more likely than other children to be neglected. Additionally, research indicates that children in families affected by substance use are at an increased risk for substance use and mental health issues in adolescence. The health, safety, and future success of drug endangered children are pressing issues in this country.