“The opioid crisis and grandparents raising grandchildren” – US Census Bureau

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by Lydia Anderson

“In the wake of the opioid epidemic that was declared a public health crisis in 2017, there has been increasing concern about what happens to the children of parents with substance abuse disorders who may be unable to care for their children.

“New Census Bureau research shows that grandparents may sometimes step in to care for these children.

“The percentage of the population age 30 and over who are raising grandchildren is higher in states that have higher opioid prescribing rates, according to a new working paper, entitled “The Opioid Prescribing Rate and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: State and County Level Analysis.”

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