Urban Child Symposium: Addiction and the Urban Child

John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Moot Courtroom

The Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts presents its ninth annual Urban Child Symposium. This year’s day-long event focuses on addiction and the urban child.

Substance-use disorders affect 21.5 million American adults, with nearly 8 million of these individuals also struggling with a mental health disorder. Over 60 percent of teens report that drugs are sold, used or kept at their schools. Family dysfunction is one of the major tragic consequences of addiction, as are financial and legal problems, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence. Yet only 10 percent of those who need drug treatment receive it. Many of the remaining millions are involved in the justice system for reasons directly and indirectly related to their substance-use disorders.  

This symposium will bring together experts at the front lines of this critical national issue to examine the science of addiction, as well as the connections between substance-use disorders and the legal, social and economic problems faced by urban families. The symposium also will explore ways in which our communities can help address the problems faced by families and children whose lives are affected by substance-use disorders and dependence.

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Marcellus Anderson
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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request 10 days prior to a campus event and 30 days prior to an event requiring travel.

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