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Baysox Team Up To Battle Inhalant Abuse

May 21, 2009 - Eastern League (EL) - Bowie Baysox News Release

BOWIE, Md. - The Bowie Baysox are partnering with the New Britain Rock Cats, Trenton Thunder and Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) on the "Striking Out Inhalant Abuse" program. The program will bring students out to each team's ballpark for Inhalant Abuse Night. The Baysox will host Inhalant Abuse Night Wednesday, July 8, as the Baysox take on the Harrisburg Senators at 7:05 p.m.

The program looks to utilize the appeal of America's pastime and the popularity of minor league baseball teams in their local communities to educate parents, school officials and individuals in the community about this often overlooked form of abuse.

"The Baysox look forward to putting aside our competitive differences with the Thunder and the Rock Cats for this program," Baysox General Manager Brian Shallcross said. "Hopefully, by working together we can have a greater positive impact on the youth that mean so much to our communities."

Children nationwide abuse more than 1,400 inexpensive and readily available everyday household, office and school products. With the cooperation of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the Baysox will send Louie and team representatives to visit dozens of local grade schools to discuss inhalant abuse.

The Alliance for Consumer Education is a Washington, D.C.-based charitable foundation dedicated to community health and well-being. Its flagship program is inhalant abuse prevention-the deliberate inhalation, "sniffing" or "huffing" of household products for the purpose of "getting high" - as it is a highly dangerous behavior that constitutes a "silent epidemic."

"This program was launched to address parental unawareness and start a dialogue amongst families in their households about inhalant abuse," said Colleen Creighton, executive director at ACE. "There is a real problem when more than one in five children in the U.S. will abuse inhalants by the eighth grade."

This program stemmed from a 2008 partnership with the New Britain Rock Cats that included the first ever Inhalant Abuse Awareness Game at a minor league ballpark. According to the University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse Research in March of 2008, inhalants are the most popular type of drug among children 12 to 13, with more than 500,000 young teens experimenting with solvents.

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