Grandparents raising children: Caregivers behind the opioid crisis

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Telena Martin has experienced firsthand just how powerful, and destructive opioid abuse can be on families.

She’s raising her daughter’s son.

“It was marijuana but that lead to opiate abuse, my daughter was actually shooting up Opana,” a tearful Martin recently told WJHL. “She took off up north to avoid child support…she’s abandoned her child, just like his biological father abandoned him at the age of two…I’m angry at her for what she and his father have put him through.”