Americans are slowly coming to grips with the deadly effects of the drug epidemic, but the disease impacts everyone. A recent article discusses the burden placed on foster homes that are tasked with caring for children of those living in active addiction.
Mother Jones published in its July/August issue an article (“Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye.“) that shed light on the impact of a parent in active addiction on children.
Two children explain how sudden their mother’s personality changed after a neck surgery prompted a doctor to prescribe OxyContin. “It’s like her personality did a 180,” the girl said. “I felt like I lost my mom to this pit that I couldn’t pull her out of.”
At Malvern Institute, our staff understands that substance addiction is a disease that affects family and friends. For this reason, Malvern launched the Recovery Oriented Community (ROC) to assist the recovering individual and their loved ones.
Ohio has been one state hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis, via the article:
The scourge of addiction to painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl sweeping the country has produced a flood of bewildered children who, having lost their parents to drug use or overdose, are now living with foster families or relatives. In Ashtabula County, in Ohio’s northeast corner, the number of children in court custody quadrupled from 69 in 2014 to 279 last year. “I can’t remember the last time I removed a kid and it didn’t have to do with drugs,” says Mongenel, a quick-witted redhead. Her clients range from preschoolers who know to call 911 when a parent overdoses to steely teenagers who cook and clean while Mom and Dad spend all day in the bathroom. Often, the kids marvel at how quickly everything changed—how a loving mom could transform, as one teenager put it, into a “zombie.”
Read the full story on Mother Jones.