Signs of heroin and prescription drug abuse

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Signs of heroin and prescription drug abuse

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Some of the signs and symptoms of heroin use is something called nodding out. What happens when that takes place is you may be having a conversation with your child and, all of a sudden, they may just do one of these and then startled, waking up. That's called nodding out and that's generally, a sign that you can get when opiates are involved; whether it's prescription drugs or heroin itself. Some of the other signs are profuse sweating. What I noticed is carrying around a rag and constantly wiping the forehead because you are constantly sweating. Sometimes this can be accompanied with the munchies or the voracious appetite. Most of the time, that means there is drug use all of the time, probably more than one drug. So if they are using heroin and marijuana, or alcohol. Any of these combinations are deadly.

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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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