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Prescription drug abuse leading to more grandparents raising grandchildren

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Their daughter had struggled with being bipolar and borderline personality disorder and prescription drug problems and eventually was unable to take care of her two children.

Prescription drug abuse leading to more grandparents raising grandchildren

By Steffi Lee
Published: November 24, 2017, 1:00 pm Updated: November 24, 2017, 5:49 pm

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The bond between grandparents and their grandchildren is unwavering and Gail Gallagher remembers the day more than a decade ago that feeling grew even stronger.

“The older one took the hand of the younger one and said we’re safe now,” Gallagher said.

It was the day Gallagher and her husband, Dr. W. Neil Gallagher, became parents again. Their daughter had struggled with being bipolar and borderline personality disorder and prescription drug problems and eventually was unable to take care of her two children.

Gallagher said the pair decided to step up for the safety of their grandkids, who are now 19 and 20 years old. She said her daughter’s health condition hindered her from being able to make right decisions for the children.

“There were issues beginning to form which put the children in harm’s way – physically and emotionally,” Gallagher said.

The couple went through months of legal challenges but eventually was able to adopt the kids.

Gallagher’s husband said in an interview he was already preparing to sell his business and both were preparing to move to a lake home before the dynamics of their family changed.

“Love is the action to do the right thing, whether you feel like it or not,” Neil Gallagher said.

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