Parents Grow Pot, Kids In Good Health
Every now and then I’ll turn on the news and hear about the cops busting a locals grow-op (for example, families growing marijuana in their homes). What always strikes me is that the homes are often in well-to-do neighborhoods, replete with two-car garage and white picket fence. And there are often kids living in these homes, which is just sad.
But it turns out that a majority of these kids are not exposed to any type of alarming health risks. A new study found that children living in illegal grow-op homes fare quite well and, according to lead researcher Dr. Gideon Koren, they shouldn’t automatically be removed from their parents’ care after a bust.
â€œBasically these are middle-class people who make a lot of money. That is our explanation why the kids are doing well,â€ Koren, a senior scientist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and director of its Motherisk program, told the Toronto Star. The study looked at 75 children who were removed from “drug-producing homes” in the city’s York Region between 2006 and 2010 and found that the majority were healthy and drug-free.
Normally children are removed from their parents’ custody after a drug bust and sometimes even placed into foster care. â€œThey [children’s aid workers] did it because of the instinct, that it must not be good for them, but we disputed that instinct,â€ Koren tells The Star. He says that the majority of grow-op kids showed no exposure to drugs and that, overall, they’re actually healthier than average Canadian children.
Both Koren and Patrick Lake, executive director of the York Region Childrenâ€™s Aid Society, said the study will provide guidance to childrenâ€™s aids societies as they make custody decisions on a case-by-case basis. It shows there is no medical justification to automatically separate children in such cases from their parents, reports The Star.
Weeds‘ Nancy Botwin would have a field day with this one.
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