168: Drug Endangered Children: Handle with Care

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Andrea Darr from Handle with Care West Virginia about her state’s drug crisis and the effect it is having on its children. She also shares the ways the Handle with CARE program helps these children.

Key Points

  • West Virginia is ground zero for the opioid crisis.
  • People are more likely to die from a drug overdose in West Virginia than in any other state in the county.
  • The origin of the opioid crisis was when physicians would give physical laborers (loggers, coal miners, etc) pain killers instead of surgery or physical therapy just so they would get right back to work.
  • Sometimes helpers unwittingly traumatize children.
  • For many misbehaving children, they would be better served by being sent to a school therapist than the school principle.
  • You need to reach drug endangered children as soon as possible.

The 3 parts of a Handle with Care program:

  1. Get Law Enforcement on board.
  2. Make schools trauma-informed.
  3. Have therapists on site at the schools.


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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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