In honor of National Drug Endangered Children’s Day, April 24, the Drug Endangered Children Taskforce (DEC) held a public signing at the El Paso Children’s Hospital. Participating agencies signed the Memorandum of Understanding and vowed to collaborate together in an effort to improve the identification and intervention of children in drug endangered environments and prevent the next generation of drug abuse.
All local constables, County and City Chiefs of Police, DEA, FBI, Child Protective Services, Judge Oscar Gabaldon, Judge Gutierrez, County and District Attorneys, El Paso Fire Department, El Paso Children’s Hospital CEO Lawrence Duncan and EPCH Physician in Chief & TTUHSC Chair of Pediatrics Dr. Bradley Fuhrman, as well as other agencies were present to affirm their commitment to Drug Endangered Children.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that 11.9% of children live with at least one parent who is dependent on or abuses alcohol and/or drugs. This translates to nearly 802,000 drug endangered children across the state of Texas and 29,242 children in El Paso County.