How to prevent drug use in children

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How to prevent drug use in children

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I am asked all the time what I could do to help my kids prevent drug use. And what I tell parents is something that I did not know myself: Talk to your kids. In the research across the country, they have found that parents play an important role in talking with their kids is so crucial. Talk to them about the dangers of drug use. Talk to them about what is going on in today´s society. We have examples all across the country from sports figures to role models to actual people in Hollywood. All of these people who are struggling with drug abuse. I must tell you. You need to talk to your children when they are young. Don´t wait until they are 17 heading out the door to prom to make that the time to talk. Talk to them when they are young. Help them learn what addiction is about, the dangers of drugs, and help them make healthy, wise decisions and choices in their life that will keep them healthy and safe.

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Sharon LeGore

Family Advocate

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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