NE Alliance for Drug Endangered Children


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National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
Individuals & organizations concerned about children endangered by caregivers who manufacture drugs, deal drugs or use them.

Mission Statement

DEC photoA statewide, multidisciplinary collaboration empowering communities in preventing, protecting and serving children in drug endangered environments by providing resources, education, leadership and support.

View a map of the Nebraska Drug Endangered Children Response Regions (NEDEC)

The Numbers

17 Children found in meth labs in Nebraska in 2005. (Reported to EPIC)

Number of Children Affected by Labs
Nationally 2002-2005
  2002 2003 2004 2005
Child injured 11 25 13 11
Child killed 2 1 3 2
Children affected 3,660 3,682 3,088 1,647
Total injured/killed/affected 3,673 3,708 3,104 1,660

"Meth was involved in about 36 percent of the Douglas County child abuse-neglect cases according to a study by Voices for Children in Nebraska, a children's advocacy agency" --Lincoln Journal Star, 8/15/05

Nebraska's Drug Endangered Children:

DEC photoFrom the rural surroundings of Scottsbluff to the urban spawl of Omaha, the well-being of many children hangs in the balance because of the illegal drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking that surround them in their daily lives. As Nebraska's drug problem has grown over the past few years, so have the number of abuse/neglect and child death cases. The

correlation between the two is unmistakable! On an almost nightly basis, we hear reports of another child burned in a meth lab incident or nearly starved to death through neglect by drug-addicted parents. Reports of this kind serve as Nebraska DEC's rallying cry. This call to action motivates us to seek and implement the best methods for treatment and protection of the children discovered in these drug environments.