JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello said, like many things in our community, child abuse is a symptom of the drug epidemic.
Borrello’s comments come as county lawmakers brace for additional funds needed to combat the growing number of child abuse cases.
“We want other people involved,” Borrello said. “It takes the cooperation of others to let law enforcement know when those cases occur.”
“I think like everything the child abuse problem is tied into drug abuse,” he said.
There are shorts and long-term negative consequences related to child abuse and maltreatment, including adverse health, educational attainment and social and behavioral development, according to New York State.
The state said that the number of child abuse cases in Chautauqua County, confirmed or indicated by Child Protective Services this year, is two times higher than the state’s average.