A statewide, multidisciplinary collaboration empowering communities in preventing, protecting and serving children in drug endangered environments by providing resources, education, leadership and support.
View a map of the Nebraska Drug Endangered Children Response Regions (NEDEC)
17 Children found in meth labs in Nebraska in 2005. (Reported to EPIC)
Number of Children Affected by Labs
"Meth was involved in about 36 percent of the Douglas County child abuse-neglect cases according to a study by Voices for Children in Nebraska, a children's advocacy agency" --Lincoln Journal Star, 8/15/05
Nebraska's Drug Endangered Children:
From the rural surroundings of Scottsbluff to the urban spawl of Omaha, the well-being of many children hangs in the balance because of the illegal drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking that surround them in their daily lives. As Nebraska's drug problem has grown over the past few years, so have the number of abuse/neglect and child death cases. The
correlation between the two is unmistakable! On an almost nightly basis, we hear reports of another child burned in a meth lab incident or nearly starved to death through neglect by drug-addicted parents. Reports of this kind serve as Nebraska DEC's rallying cry. This call to action motivates us to seek and implement the best methods for treatment and protection of the children discovered in these drug environments.