Children of drug dealing parents face "tragic" situation

By Whitney Grunder - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers find just what they're looking for. Drugs, and lots of them. It's another victory for justice, but a terrible situation dealt to the abusers' children.

"They have seen behaviors that are very traumatic and no one is processing those behaviors to them," said Phyllis Grandgeorge, executive director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council.

"It becomes their normal and that's tragic," said Wayne Haglund, president of Angelina County Child Welfare board.

Grandgeorge says intervention is necessary for these kids to have a fighting chance.

If they do not intervene with some of these children, then they are five times more likely to go to prison and they are significantly more likely to abuse themselves," Grandgeorge said.

Uncovered in yesterday's bust, meth is extremely toxic.

"The deterioration of people that abuse methamphetamine is very rapid and so the child becomes endangered more quickly than with other drugs," Grandgeorge said.

And causes serious physical conditions.

"Toxins in their body," Grandgeorge said. "They may have meth sores on them. They're at risk of Hepatitis C because of needles."

And the children may act strangely.

"Withdrawn, their appetite may be different and they may have odd behaviors because they have not been taught how to act socially," Grandgeorge said.

There are several cases where child protective services and counselors can help restore family dynamics. Sadly, this is not always the case.

"I would say more often than not, the children don't go back to their parents," Haglund said. "They're either taken care of by another family member or the parents are terminated, they're legal rights are terminated all together and the children are put up for adoption."

The older the children, the more difficult it becomes to stop the cycle of addiction. The parents often pass these toxic behaviors on to them.

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