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Survey shows opioid impact


October 24, 2018

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that a recent internal survey found almost half of child dependency cases and about 40 percent of parental rights termination cases handled by the Attorney General’s Office are impacted by opioid abuse.

Assistant Attorneys General who handle child abuse and neglect cases around the state were asked in July to estimate what percentage of their caseload was impacted by opioid abuse in the last year. At the time of the survey, the Attorney General’s Office was handling about 6,800 child dependency cases and nearly 1,100 termination cases.

A dependent child is one who has been abandoned, abused or severely neglected by their guardia...

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