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HealthDay (4/30, Preidt) reported that, according to a study “released this week” by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly “12 percent of children in the United States live with a parent who has a substance abuse problem.” The study, which analyzed “national data from 2002 to 2007,” was “based on responses from 87,656 parents, aged 18 and older, who were asked about their substance dependence and abuse.” Among the study’s key findings were that nearly “7.3 million youths lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol,” and approximately “2.1 million children lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused illicit drugs.” The study also revealed that “living in this type of home environment can cause long-lasting mental and physical health problems.”

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