165: The Intersection of Substance Abuse and Human Trafficking

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss the relationship between substance abuse and human trafficking. They also talk about drug use among youths and the best way to prevent. They wrap up by discussing the 2018 Ensure Justice conference and explain its focus on preventing substance abuse.

Key Points

  • Overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the main cause of death among young people.
  • The number-one cause of child abuse is a family member with a substance abuse issue.
  • People use drugs to self-medicate for pain in their lives.
  • The earlier kids start trying drugs, the more likely they are to develop an addiction.
  • It’s important to train health-care providers how to spot human trafficking victims because 87% of trafficking victims had been seen by a provider.
  • Prevention is best done through peer-led education.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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