Kids in meth houses are victims

One has to wonder what kind of person would manufacture methamphetamine in an apartment or house where children live.

It’s something in the news far too often, not only in Bowling Green, but across the state as methamphetamine has become an epidemic over the past 10 or so years.

Those manufacturing this poisonous concoction don’t care one iota about the well-being of these kids. All they care about is getting their next fix or making an illegal profit.

Recently, we heard about a 10-month-old Barren County baby girl who tested positive for methamphetamine…

The kids in houses where methamphetamine is found are victims of circumstances. They have no control over what is happening in their environment. They are too young to know what is going on or what methamphetamine is and the harm it can do. They are too young to get out of households in which they are living.

These are the real victims.

Kentucky had 465 meth lab incidents last year. In Barren County so far this year, there have been 23 meth lab incidents. Barren County Drug Task Force director Ron Lafferty talks about having to remove kids from houses with meth labs and seeing a generation of kids taken care of by grandparents because of parents’ drug use.

This is a sad story – even sadder because the kids don’t want to be away from their mother and father, but must for their own safety. It has to be harder for kids who are at least 5- to 6-years old, who are more aware of what is going on, to be separated from their parents …

We sadly will continue to hear about babies and children found in meth houses. It’s an unfortunate truth, but those kids can be taken from that environment and adopted by loving parents who care about them and their well-being.

That’s our hope.

The Daily News, Bowling Green

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