June 20, 2024
KCNA Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN)

U.S. Children Lose Parents to Social Evils

Date: 20/05/2024 | Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN) | Read original version at source

Recently, the U.S. “HealthDay News” released a new study report on the number of children who lost parents in 2020:

According to the report issued on May 4, nearly 100 000 U.S. children lost a parent in 2020 to gun violence or drug overdose and this is almost double the level cited in 1999.

Mathew Kiang of the Stanford University School of Medicine, who was in charge of the writing of the report, noted that since 1999, more than 1 million residents of the U.S. have died by fatal drug poisonings and more than 750 000 by firearms.

The study also found that the average age of fatal drug overdose or gun injury to a parent was just 42 and drug overdose deaths are rising especially fast among people in their 30s or 40s.

Approximately 72 800 kids lost a parent to a drug overdose in 2020, four times more than the 16,000 children who suffered such a tragedy in 1999. Deaths to parents stemming from gun violence also rose by 39% during that period.

Black children, in particular, were three times more likely to lose a parent to drugs or gun violence compared to kids of other races.

Robin Gurwitch, a psychologist and professor at the Duke University School of Medicine lamented that having a parent died from drugs or gun violence means serious mental harm to American children and it is a shame that cannot be talked about openly and freely.

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