Helping drug-endangered children is everyone’s responsibility

April 22 has been proclaimed Drug Endangered Children Awareness Day in Connecticut by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and the Connecticut State Police were the first state police agency in New England to advocate for drug-endangered children at risk.

The State Police and its community partners recognize drug-endangered children as youth who are at risk of suffering physical or emotional harm as a result of illegal drug use, possession, manufacturing, cultivation or distribution by their caretakers.

A recognition that “Children + Drugs = Risk” is the keystone of the collaborative approach to assist drug-endangered children that includes families, community providers, state Department of Children and Families (DCF), law enforcement, other state agencies, faith-based organizations and other entities providing services and support to those children at risk.

Every day of a child’s life matters — and recognizing and addressing the risks to safety, development, and well-being of drug-endangered children supports breaking the abuse/neglect cycle.

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, call the DCF Careline at 800-842-2288.

Learn more at the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children website: