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Substance abuse, mental illness contribute to Oklahoma's foster care challenges

Oklahoma flags fly on the south side of the state Capitol on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma flags fly on the south side of the state Capitol on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma has been plagued for years by high rates of abuse and neglect of children — statistics driven in large measure by the state's high level of methamphetamine addiction, officials say. Opioid addiction has added to that crisis in recent years. Now state child welfare and substance abuse experts are wondering what impact the state vote...
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