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Striking Out Inhalant Abuse with the River City Rascals

ACE at the River City Rascals field

ACE, RB, and the River City Rascals team up to Strike Out Inhalant Abuse

The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) traveled to the greater St. Louis, Missouri area to team up with RB, a health and hygiene company, to bring inhalant abuse prevention messaging to the community.

Starting with a presentation at the RB manufacturing facility in St. Peters, Missouri, ACE was able to spread its message about awareness and education to the RB employees.  Employees heard about the dangers, effects, and signs of inhalant abuse and were able to take information and resources to use in their conversations with their families and community.  RB, a founding member of the Alliance for Consumer Education, has been a dedicated supporter of ACE’s efforts for the past 14 years. 

In response to the visit, Hal Ambuter, RB Director of Regulatory & Government Affairs and ACE Board of Trustee Member said, “[ACE] gave a one hour presentation on ‘all things ACE’ to about 75 employees who were fully engaged from start to finish! Not only did [ACE] help give them further pride in RB’s sponsorship of ACE, but, more importantly, parents and grandparents became keenly aware of the inhalant abuse issue…many were not aware of the issue nor its extent. Many asked for further information and how to get their local school, youth group and Girl Scout troops this information. The event was highly successful, and I would highly recommend that other companies take advantage when ACE comes to a town near you!”

ACE and RB continued their partnership with a Strike Out Inhalant Abuse game at the River City Rascals.  Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer threw out the first pitch and addressed the crowd concerning inhalant abuse.  Stating that each day 17,868 students use inhalants to get “high”, Congressman Luetkemeyer thanked ACE for its efforts in helping to spread prevention education and encouraged parents in attendance to pick up information on inhalant abuse prevention at the ACE booth. 

Luetkemeyer helped ACE present a Community   Commitment award to Officer Sarah Brueggeman, St. Peters Police Department and School Resource Officer for Ft. Zumwalt Schools. Officer Brueggeman was an integral component in bringing ACE’s Inhalant Abuse Prevention program to Missouri.  Hosting a Substance Abuse Prevention Program for her high school health students, Brueggeman brought in substance abuse professionals to cover drug and inhalant abuse prevention.  In a unique, half-day presentation format, students heard from local police, detectives, professionals, and parents who lost their children to substance abuse.  Students learned about the dangers and consequences of abuse, and heard firsthand accounts of the effects abuse has on one’s family and community.  ACE was present at the session to speak on the dangers of inhalant abuse and stressed to the students that the consequences of inhalant abuse can be fatal, even the first time of use; known as Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome

Brueggeman helped ACE solidify a partnership with the River City Rascals.  Through this partnership, Steve Brook (Manager & Director of Baseball Operations at the Rascals and Health and Physical Education teacher at Ft. Zumwalt South High School) helped ACE spread its Inhalant Abuse Prevention education into Ft. Zumwalt High Schools.  The campaign, implemented in the 2013-2014 school year, brought a more in-depth inhalant abuse prevention program to the schools.  Students responded to essay prompts which included why and how they would say no to inhalants and what they would say to younger siblings to make sure they did not try inhalants.  Students submitted the essay responses in exchange for a two-ticket voucher to the Strike Out Inhalant Abuse Awareness Night at the Rascals on August 16th.

Congressman Luetkemeyer’s pregame presentation to over 3,100 Rascal fans shed light on the seriousness of inhalant abuse.   ACE would like to thank Congress Luetkemeyer, Officer Brueggeman, and Steve Brook for their efforts and support in helping to Strike Out Inhalant Abuse.  ACE would also like to give a big thank you to RB for their 14 years of support and their efforts in helping to spread inhalant abuse prevention awareness to their employees and communities.

To learn more about inhalant abuse visit www.inhalant.org.  For more pictures from the event visit ACE’s Facebook page here

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