Baton Rouge Grandmother Becomes One of Many Newfound Guardians Amid State, National Opioid Crisis

The Advocate - Ava’s blonde hair sticks straight up in the air after she whizzes down her favorite slide at the playground. She lets her grandma, Rhonda Rasbury, tame the static buzzing around her head. And then she’s off to the next part of the playground, a bundle of energy and cheerfulness. Most of the time, she’s like this. She likes to sing along to the “Frozen” soundtrack in the car. Her T-ball coach has deemed her the most aggressive athlete on the field. She makes top grades in kindergarten.

But sometimes, mostly at night, she cries, asking where her mom has gone, why her mom doesn’t bring her to school anymore, why her mom can’t tuck her in. They've gone eight months without seeing each other.