How inhalants are abused

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Inhalants are also a very popular way, especially with younger adolescents, for getting high. And inhalants could be anything that they could use. It could be an air freshener, which is the inhalant of choice for my daughter, or maybe even aerosol cans whether it is like computer duster or even whipped cream cans. And how they did that is through the aerosol that comes in them. Sometimes you may hear the word whippets and that is another way. You can buy whippets in a restaurant. But that is another way to get high from the gases that come out. Unfortunately, what that does is replace the oxygen in your lungs with the cold air and sometimes that can be fatal as well. I know for my daughter what I found out when I first attended a Tough Love group and they talked about inhalants, that they could be anything, be it gasoline, be it whiteout that a secretary may use, just putting on their fingers and sniffing. It could be anything in your house. So you need to really be aware of what is going on with your child if you are missing things. For me, it was air fresheners. And I was buying way too much.

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Sharon LeGore

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Sharon is the founder and president of Momstell, a parent advocacy organization she created after the death of her daughter to a drug overdose.  She created the Momstell website in order to expand the mission to join concerned parents and families to work together towards improving drug treatment, education, legislation, and policy. Mrs. LeGore has worked on many drug and alcohol policy, state budget and legislative issues for Pennsylvania, including legislation to create the first statewide Parent Advisory Council for substance abuse issues in Pennsylvania. She serves on several policy tables and co-chairs the PA Children’s Advisory Committee.

Mrs. LeGore is a consultant on substance abuse family involvement issues for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and is also the co-director of the SAMHSA sponsored “National Family Dialogue”. Sharon co-authored the CSAT/SAMHSA report “Families of Youth with Substance Use Disorders: A National Dialogue”, an issue brief entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment” a journal piece for Reclaiming Futures entitled “Family Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery: What do we know and what lies ahead”, co-authored the “Access to Substance Abuse Treatment: Results of a Family Survey” as well as several additional published articles. She is a national speaker and also serves on the Parent Advisory Board for the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

Sharon is the mother of four and resides in Mt Wolf, Pennsylvania with her husband Terry.

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