The opioid epidemic has an unexpected consequence, a growing number of children forced from their families.
Researchers at the University of South Florida looked at county-by-county data on adoption and foster care in the state.
From 2012 to 2015, the number of kids and teens removed from their homes because of parental neglect, increased by 129 percent.
The number of opioids prescribed during that time period also rose.
Children in these situations are at greater risk for juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy and physical problems, according to experts.
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