There need to be more resources in town to help people who need it. Drug abuse, both illegal and prescription is a HUGE problem in Chattanooga. And the criminal justice system is still not fully set up to deal with drug abuse and helping people.
I represent some parents, and lots of grandparents. It is very sad, that due to drug abuse, so many grandparents are put in the position of having to step forward and taking temporary custody of children. The parents should be thankful, but they are almost always angry and resentful.
I always say, I am cool with you being a drug addict, if that is how you choose to live; but if you choose to be an addict, I do not believe you should have custody of your children. Sorry. It is one or the other. Children have to be in a safe and stable environment.