The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families
The United Hospital Fund, supported by the Millbank Memorial Fund, delivers a comprehensive look at the successive waves of loss and trauma experienced by newborns, young children, adolescents, and their families—including a blueprint for action aimed at public and private agencies and professionals.
- “An individual’s substance use disorder (SUD) sends ripples through families and communities and ignoring these ripples can cause long-lasting consequences” pg 1
- “The issues raised by opioids are a stark reminder of the many children and families who all too regularly face adversity from a wide range of sources, including poverty, violence, discrimination, and other social ills. Our call to action for children and families affected by opioids applies to all children in distress.” pg 7
- “Helping these children and families is not a matter of possibility—it is a matter of priority. Once we all decide that responding to the ripple effect is a priority, we can build a bridge between what we know and what we can do.” pg 27