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Children of addicts must get help early, researchers insist. File photo: Robin Haldert/TT.

Researchers: Addicts' kids must get help early in life

Compared to their peers, children of addicts are seven times more likely to develop an addiction and three times more likely to experience a "violent death", Swedish researchers claim.

Researchers from Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute followed half a million people born in the 1970s for 30 years and concluded that early intervention is the key to improving children's living conditions.

The research findings were presented Thursday in an op-ed in newspaper Dagens Nyheter, where the researchers wrote that children of addicts are three times more likely to die in violent circumstances, for instance in an overdose, in a fight or by committing suicide.

The study also found that eight percent of Swedish children have a parent receiving treatment for addiction or a psychological problem, and that three percent of those children skip school at least one day a week in order to look after a family member.

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