Wednesday, May 14, 2014
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles, announced that 22 federal, state and local leaders have entered into an alliance to identify and protect drug endangered children in the State of South Carolina.
The South Carolina Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) includes professionals – various law enforcement agencies, social services specialists, child advocates, prosecutors, physicians, fire fighters, and local community groups – who are striving for an effective way to identify and protect those children removed from drug environments, who are in danger of physical, mental and emotional abuse, as well as, exposure to the use of firearms, violence or other dangerous items associated with drug manufacturing and distribution.
“Drug Endangered Children are at greater risk of death, developmental problems, supervisory, educational and emotional neglect, as well as physical and sexual abuse. It is the goal of the DEC Alliance to coordinate the response to these children’s needs in order to break the cycle of drug and child abuse,” said Bill Nettles.
“Children discovered in drug environments have critical physical, behavioral and mental health needs that if not properly addressed will have long-term impact in their lives. These guidelines address timely and proper intervention,” said Dr. Olga Rosa, of the U.S.C School of Medicine.