The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) announces the launch of the People Against Inhalants Network (PAIN). The online community (www.peopleagainstinhalants.com) was developed to bring together parents and families who have lost a loved one to inhalant abuse.
The idea of PAIN was developed by Sgt. Jeff Williams, ACE Board of Trustee and father of Kyle Williams. Mr. Williams’ 14-year-old son died due to inhalant abuse on March 2, 2005. Williams is with the East Cleveland Police Department and his wife is a nurse. The family had a retired police K-9 certified in drug detection living in the home when their son died.
“We had talked to our kids about drugs and alcohol since they were little. Neither my wife nor I thought about or knew anything about inhalants,” said Williams. “I wish we had.”
PAIN’s purpose is to build a community of support for sharing memories and stories about those lost to inhalant abuse. “Although none of us would have chosen to be part of this community, we now share an unfortunate bond,” said Williams. “We welcome others into this community and hope they will help each other get through this pain.”
Users will be able to create a profile in memory of their deceased family members where they can share stories and pictures. Users can also interact with each other through unique features on the website like the Thinking of You Hearts and through private messages.
The Alliance for Consumer Education, which has been dedicated to shedding light on the significant and lasting dangers of inhalant abuse for fourteen years, is funding the project through corporate and individual donations. Visit PAIN at www.peopleagainstinhalants.com.
For more information on ACE and its program visit www.inhalant.org.
The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000. The ACE mission is to promote responsible and beneficial use of products to ensure a safer, healthier and cleaner environment in homes, businesses and the community. ACE is affiliated with the Consumer Specialty Products Association.
Colleen Creighton: 202-833-7306, [email protected]
Sara Stickler: 202-833-7301, [email protected]