Oregon Alliance for
Drug Endangered Children

What is DEC?

A Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program is a multi-agency approach to assist and protect children whose lives, health, and safety are jeopardized by drug manufacture, drug dealing, or drug abuse in the family home.

DEC is designed to provide a comprehensive response by coordinating the efforts of law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, and health professionals.  

Key services provided by a DEC Program include:

* Removal of children from drug endangering environments.

* Medical and dental health evaluation and services.

* Drug and toxic chemical exposure screening.

* Mental health evaluation and services.

* Addiction treatment and restoration of families whenever possible.

The Oregon DEC Alliance was formed in 2004 between representatives of Marion County and Lincoln County (the two Oregon counties who had funded DEC Programs). DEC Programs are now spreading throughout Oregon, as they have in many other states.

There is also a National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC), which holds an annual conference. Visit the NADEC web site at:

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One-hundred years from now
it will not matter what your bank account was,
the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove.
But the world may be different because you were
important in the life of child. 

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