Malicious use of pharmaceuticals: An under-recognized form of child abuse

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 08:07 in Psychology & Sociology

Child abuse is a serious problem that affects nearly one million children a year in the US. The American Academy of Pediatrics and US Department of Health and Human Services classify child abuse into four categories: neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse. None of these categories clearly includes the abusive use of drugs on children. A new study investigates the malicious use of pharmaceuticals and attempts to shed light on this under-recognized problem.

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