In the nation’s capital Tuesday, District of South Carolina’s federal attorney William Nettles and Orangeburg solicitor David Cole were recognized for their efforts to address the spiraling cycle of drug abuse, trafficking, and addiction.
Nettles and Cole have worked to form a Drug Endangered Child Community Response Team. In forming the group, Nettles and Cole joined together with federal, state, and local law enforcement. The team also includes a strong contingent of community leaders including educators, ministers, health care professionals, child advocates, victim advocates, and first responders. Their first meeting was held May 27 in Orangeburg.
Nettles joined Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole in Washington Tuesday to call national attention to the devastating plight of children born into households where parents use, manufacture, or distribute illegal drugs.
During the news conference, Cole and Nettles pointed out that an estimated nine million children, almost 13 percent of the child population in the U.S., live in households where a parent or other adult uses, manufactures, or distributes illicit drugs. Also in 81 percent of the reported cases of child abuse and neglect, substance abuse is rated as either the worst or second worst problem in the home.