Opioid Epidemic Aftermath—More Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Now

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Grandparents are the greatest friends that children can ever have. They form a strong bond with their grandchildren and fill their lives with cheer, positivity, warmth and love. But when they are entrusted with the responsibility of raising children and looking after all their needs, it can be a challenging task for many.


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www.prescriptiondrugabusehelpline.com Opioid Epidemic Aftermath – More Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Now “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley author Grandparents are the greatest friends that children can ever have. They form a strong bond with their grandchildren and fill their lives with cheer positivity warmth and love. But when they are entrusted with the responsibility of raising children and looking after all their needs it can be a challenging task for many. In the United States about 3 million grandparents have taken up financial and legal responsibility of raising more than 5 million grandchildren. One of the prime reasons is substance abuse by parents who willingly give up the child custody or are incapable of fulfilling their duties. It is then that the children are rescued from a life of neglect abuse and worthlessness. When parents succumb to an overdose from a drug or alcohol the grandparents become the official guardians. In 2005 nearly 2.5 million children were being looked after by their grandparents and the number rose to 2.9 million by 2015. Addiction to prescription drugs is the main culprit behind the rising numbers. However the grandparents face several challenges while they renew their parenting roles. Some of these are: 1. Grandparents are usually retired or near retirement stage when they are entrusted with a new responsibility of taking care of the children. These children might be struggling with emotional and behavioral issues because of the addiction problem at home. They may also suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome FAS neurological issues reactive attachment disorder developmental delays attention-deficit disorder ADD

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www.prescriptiondrugabusehelpline.com attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD and post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD. 2. Once they have rescued the young ones many struggle for resources to survive and give them the best quality of life. The little help that is available is scattered among different agencies in different states. It also varies depending on counties and courts and can be impacted by changes in local and federal budgets. For older people doing so much physical work can be nerve-wracking. 3. Often the pressing financial issues force grandparents to become licensed foster care parents and be a part of the foster care bureaucracy from the claws of which they might have rescued the grandchildren initially. When the Department of Social Services and Child Protective Services pitch in grandparents face a lot of challenges in keeping the custody. The foster care is mistrusted because the entire system is fraught with multiple problems. Children are taken from the addicted parents to grandparents and then to foster care and sometimes back to the addicted parents. This back and forth causes a lot of distress and instability in the name of family reunion. 4. If grandparents finally manage to win the custody they become the de-facto parents however their advancing age and health problems impede their parenting potential. Nearly 21 percent of the grandparents taking care of the grandchildren live below the poverty line. Approximately 39 percent are over the age of 60 years and around 26 percent have a disability. Additionally until the time they are not licensed they dont have an access to the financial aids and resources entitled to the foster parents. Prescription drug menace The prescription drug abuse epidemic is changing the dynamics of relationships in the United States. Addiction to opioids and other prescription drugs by one or both the parents radically decreases their aptitude ability and inclination towards taking care of their own offspring. When they are incarcerated for criminal offenses under the influence of drugs the children are left to the mercy of foster homes in case no one else in the family can take up their responsibility. Parents must realize the perils of drug addiction and its effects on family and home. Children born in a negative environment are likely to fall into the deep pit of addiction themselves. Helping a loved one get support from licensed therapists and addiction treatment specialists can be heartbreaking but is the only way out to protect the future generations from the drug menace. If you or your loved one is addicted to prescription drugs like antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs contact the Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline to get assistance in finding one of the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers in the U.S. Call at our 24/7 helpline 866-450- 1557 to know about the best recovery plans for prescription drug abuse treatment.

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