How bad does this situation have to get before we take action?
How bad does the opioid crisis have to get here in the US before we fix it?
I know four of these three million children personally. Here are their stories.
The first is a three year old little girl. She and her Mommy were visiting Grandma and Grandpa. Mommy went out with friends Saturday night, came home, and fell asleep in the bed with her daughter. But Mommy did not wake up. The little girl tried to wake Mommy up for over an hour before telling her very surprised Grandparents that Mommy would not wake up. “Wake up, Mommy! Please!” the little girl pleaded. But instead of waking up, Mommy was put into a big box and covered with dirt. The little girl cried for many months as she began her new life with Grandma and Grandpa.
The remaining three children I know through their Grandma. Grandma tells me that Mom and Dad were divorcing. The kids were going back and forth between the two parents. One day the oldest of the three children was staying with Dad for the weekend finally found a phone. Dad had gone out and left her with his sex offender friend. Grandma rescued her granddaughter. Grandma picked her up alone on a quiet road in the middle of the night and cared for her until a court hearing the following week. At the court hearing, opioid using Mom told the judge that she knew that her estranged husband had a sex offender friend at his apartment and that she was “letting him hang himself”. The judge questioned her, “At your daughter’s expense?” Grandma was present in the court hearing and got full custody of all three kids. Although Mom and Dad live within 10 miles of Grandma’s home, the three kids seldom see their parents because they seldom come around to visit. And, when their parents do come around, they usually do not want to see their opioid using parents.
When I was a child, my own Mother worked in a medical office that dispensed medication. She often came home with bottles of pills with other people’s names on them. She took some to go to sleep, and others to wake up. Sometimes she slept for days. We kids were sometimes left on our own to find meals and take care of ourselves, as early as I can remember.
When will the American people wake up and demand that something be done about this bad crisis? How long before we stand up to it?
Change the world! Let’s unite and demand that our legislators take action to begin to fix this problem. Opiates have stolen a generation and WE NEED TO DEMAND REAL SOLUTIONS TO A REAL AND HORRIBLE PROBLEM!
Soar like an eagle over life’s storms. Please demand that your legislator take action in the opioid crisis today!
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If you like this post, remember that BJ writes for children. Her book Near a River is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.