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S.C. lawmen recognized for work for children-at-risk

May 31, 2011 6:41:00 PM - thestate.com
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles and Orangeburg Solicitor David Pascoe were recognized in Washington D.C. Tuesday for their efforts to help children who live in homes where drugs are used, made or sold.

Nettles and Pascoe have joined federal, state and local police as well as community leaders to form a Drug Endangered Child Community Response Team. The team held its first meeting Friday at Andrew Chaplel Baptist Church in Orangeburg.

U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole held a press conference in Washington D.C. to call attention to the problem and to talk about the Federal Interagency Drug Endangered Children Task Force. He praised the Orangeburg program.

Nine million children live in a household where an adult uses drugs, makes them or sells them, Cole said. That is 13 percent of the country's youth. Substance abuse is a factor in the majority of cases of child abuse and neglect. And, children who live in households where drugs are used are 60 percent more likely to be arrested, he said.

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