New Threat-"Dusting" death: kids inhaling Dust Off  

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7/10/2005 1:14 pm

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New Threat-"Dusting" death: kids inhaling Dust Off


If you know someone with children please pass this along to
them. It is a true story as the link at the bottom will show.

First I'm going to tell you a little about me and my family. My
name is Jeff. I am a Police Officer for a city which is known
nationwide for its crime rate. We have a lot of gangs and drugs. At
one point we were # 2 in the nation
in homicides per capita. I also have a police K-9 named Thor. He
was certified in drugs and general duty. He retired at 3 years old
because he was shot in the line of duty. He lives with us now. I
always liked the fact that there was no way to bring drugs into my house. Thor wouldn't allow it.
He would tell on you. The reason I say this is so you understand that I
know about drugs. I have taught in schools about drugs. My wife asks
all our kids at least once a week if they used any drugs. Makes them promise they won't.

I like building computers occasionally and started building a
new one in February 2005. I also was working on some of my older
computers. They were full of dust so on one of my trips to the computer
store I bought a 3 pack of DUST OFF.

Dust Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a computer.
A few weeks later when I went to use them they were all used. I talked
to my kids and my
2 sons both said they had used them on their computer and
messing around with them. I yelled at them for wasting the 10 dollars I
paid for them. On February 28 I went back to the computer store. They
didn't have the
3 pack which I had bought on sale so I bought a single jumbo can of
Dust Off. I went home and set it down beside my computer.

On March 1st I left for work at 10 PM. At 11 PM my wife went
down and kissed Kyle goodnight. At 530 am the next morning Kathy went
downstairs to wake Kyle up for school, before she left for work. He was
sitting up in bed with his legs crossed and his head leaning over. She
called to him a few times to get up. He didn't move. He would sometimes
tease her like this and pretend he fell
back asleep. He was never easy to get up. She went in and shook
his arm. He fell over. He was pale white and had the straw from the
Dust Off can coming out of
his mouth. He had the new can of Dust Off in his hands. Kyle was dead.

I am a police officer and I had never heard of this. My wife is
a nurse and she had never heard of this. We later found out from the
coroner, after the autopsy, that only the propellant from the can of
Dust off was in his system. No other drugs. Kyle had died between midnight and 1 Am.

I found out that using Dust Off is being done mostly by kids
ages 9 through 15. They even have a name for it. It's called dusting. A
take off from the Dust Off name. It gives them a slight high for about
10 seconds. It makes them
dizzy. A boy who lives down the street from us showed Kyle how
to do this about a month before. Kyle showed his best friend. Told him
it was cool and it couldn't hurt you. Its just compressed air. It can't
hurt you. His best friend said no.

Kyle's death, Kyle was wrong. It's not just compressed air. It
also contains a propellant. I think its R2. Its a refrigerant like what
is used in your refrigerator. It is a heavy gas. Heavier than air. When
you inhale it, it fills your lungs and keeps the good air, with oxygen,
out. That's why you feel dizzy, buzzed. It decreases the oxygen to your
brain, to your heart. Kyle was right. It can't hurt you. IT KILLS YOU.
The horrible part about this is there is no warning. There is no level
that kills you. It's not cumulative or an overdose; it can just go
randomly, terribly wrong. Roll the dice and if your number comes up you
die. IT'S NOT AN OVERDOSE. Its Russian roulette. You don't die later.
Or not feel good and say I've had too much. You usually die as your breathing it in. If not
you die within 2 seconds of finishing "the hit." That's why the
straw was still in Kyle's mouth when he died. Why his eyes were still open.

The experts want to call this huffing. The kids don't believe
its huffing. As adults we tend to lump many things together. But it
doesn't fit here. And that's why its more accepted. There is no
chemical reaction. no strong odor. It doesn't follow the huffing
signals. Kyle complained a few days before he died of his tongue
hurting. It probably did. The propellant causes frostbite. If I had only known.

Its easy to say hay, its my life and I'll do what I want. But it
isn't. Others are always affected. This has forever changed our
family's life. I have a hole in my heart and soul that can never be
fixed. The pain is so immense I can't describe it. There's nowhere to
run from it. I cry all the time and I don't ever cry. I do what I'm
supposed to do but I don't really care. My kids are messed up. One
won't talk about it. The other will only sleep in our room at night.
And my wife, I cant even describe how bad she is taking this. I thought
we were safe because of Thor. I thought we were safe because we knew about drugs and talked to our kids about them.

After Kyle died another story came out. A Probation Officer went
to the school system next to ours to speak with a student. While there
he found a student
using Dust Off in the bathroom. This student told him about
another student who also had some in his locker. This is a rather
affluent school system. They will tell you they don't have a drug
problem there. They don't even have a dare or plus program there. So
rather than tell everyone about this "new" way of getting high they
found, they hid it. The probation officer told the media
after Kyle's death and they, the school, then admitted to it. I
know that if they would have told the media and I had heard, it
wouldn't have been in my house.

We need to get this out of our homes and school computer labs.

Using Dust Off isn't new and some "professionals" do know about.
It just isn't talked about much, except by the kids. They know about it.

April 2nd was 1 month since Kyle died. April 5th would have been
his 15th birthday. And every weekday I catch myself sitting on the
living room couch at
2:30 in the afternoon and waiting to see him get off the bus. I
know Kyle is in heaven but I cant help but wonder If I died and went to Hell.

Jeff

This is on the Snopes site as a true story. Urban Legends
Reference
Pages: Toxins (Dusted Off)

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