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Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
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On Sept. 11th 2011 my family and I lost my brother to Duster. I can honestly say I never heard of Dust or huffing. I never knew my brother had a addiction to this product. I say product because to me that's what it is.To my brother it was his drug of choice.As my family and I ask ourselves WHY we are trying to cope with his loss first and for most. Trying to understand this is a deadly drug and this abuse is worse than most common street drugs. My brother was 36 years old a proffesional man with 3 girls a loving family with hundreds of friends. Why is it so easy to get these cans and why are they on the shelves for sale when people are getting addicted and dying. I plan to get my questions answered and I plan to spread this message. My brother was full of life and love I know he didn't want this.
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spoiledgirl1970

Registered: 10/03/11
Posts: 4
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I'm truly sorry for your loss I also lost my brother to inhaling canned air. He died September 25th 2011. January 17th 2011 his wife also died of inhaling canned air. They left behind two children my nephew age 8 yrs and my niece age 11 yrs. No one in my family including myself understands why this had to happen. We are still all shell shocked and coping the best we can.

Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
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We feel the same here..it makes no sense as we have never heard of this eaither. We come from an upper class family from one of the wealthy towns in America. I wonder every day where he learned this who showed him and why didn't he know he could die. They say when they went to clean his place there where over 30 empty cans and tons of those thin red straws. My heart is broken and my family is so confused ..I hope you can find some peace in knowing your not alone. In a lot of ways your brother and sister in law were victims to an addictive chemical ...yes they made a bad choice but as your self this ...WHY WERE THEY ABLE TO BUY THEM OFF THE SHELF AT..TARGET,WALGREENS,CVS,OFFICE DEPOT,OFFICE MAX, ONLINE AT AMAZON. Retailers have to stop making it so easy to get...my god bless your family
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janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 545
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To both Missingmybrother and spoiledgirl1970 - I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your loved one.  The shock and devastation that you feel is understandable.  When referring to being shell-shocked, that is now usually associated with symptoms of the anxiety disorder known as "post-traumatic stress disorder" (ptsd) from a traumatic event.  Unfortunately, inhalant use knows no bounds (boundaries), and even though middle schoolers tend to be the average inhalant users, adults can also try it and become addicted.  Those who try huffing may not realize that the chemicals used in those products are actual POISONS that were never meant to go through the bloodstream.

With regard to how easily obtainable those products are, that is, unfortunately, a reality, and while some stores require I.D. (identification) before purchasing aerosol spray cans or other products used for huffing, they usually do *not* for those over the age of 18.

You're both so smart to be getting the word out about how deadly and destructive huffing really is.  My friend has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from inhalant use at the age of 12, now in her 30s. 

Other risks of huffing include sight loss/blindness, heart/liver/kidney damage, seizures, limb spasms, hearing loss and even death, all of which can happen after the very FIRST time of use.

There may be a support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one.  Grief Share may have a local support group:  http://www.griefshare.org/findagroup

Compassionate Friends is primarily for parents grieving the loss of a child, but other family members may attend including siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins:  http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Local_Chapters.aspx


Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
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Janesmith..thank you for your reply. All the information you gave is helpful. I'm just hoping that I can get my family to read this forum and start to understand this addiction. They are still in shock and not ready to learn the facts about the closeted addiction my brother had. Praying for answers,missingmybrother
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janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 545
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You're quite welcome, Missingmybrother.  You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  Grief counseling may be another option as perhaps some relatives would prefer one-on-one counseling rather than a support *group*.     

Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
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Well yesterday was month since my brother has passed away. And today is my birthday. I didn't get that phone call this morning my brother alway made sure he was the first to call me to wish me happy birthday. today is no easier than yesturday ...but today I know more facts about inhalation abuse and what it can do to your body. Even though my brother is DEAD I know he would want me to try to help someone else. I'm going to keep trying to get more facts about inhalation abuse . I hope if u r using Computer Duster you will STOP and get HELP. My family is broken I don't want another family to go through this. Praying for answers, missingmybrother
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Fiona2007

Registered: 10/14/11
Posts: 8
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My sister died on August 23, 2011, she was 32 her birthday is September 19. I am still trying to piece together what happened. she drowned in a hot tub with nothing but her flip flops and a duster can next to her. i am still trying to figure out what happened. Why is this so addicting. Has anyone else lost someone who drowned from huffing?
Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
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Fiona2007...I am sick to my stomach to read this. I'm sure your sister was full of life like my brother . Maybe our story's start out different but in the end they are the same. they both died from inhaling poison from a can. My heart breaks for your family as it's 11:30 pm here and my mother sits up thinking about how this got past us. We are a very close family I mean we spoke to him everyday saw each other ever 3-4 months and most our family lived near by him. For us we had no idea he was addicted to this. I will tell you that I'm making it my mission to get answwers to my questions. I know there are a few senators and congress people who advocate for more inhalation abuse awareness. If the retailers make there employees sit through a 20 minute safety video they can make them sit through inhalation abuse and what to look out for in an abuser. all it takes is one can. Praying for answers, missingmybrother
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Help

Registered: 10/22/11
Posts: 10
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I am very sorry for ur guys lost I to need help my boyfriend that is 22 years of age is addicted to this poison and I wish He could stop befor it's to late we have 2 lil boys and he doesnt spen time with them because he is always on it,anyone know where I could get help before I loss my family please someone help me
Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
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Dear Help,
Thank God at this moment in time your boyfriend is ALIVE. As you already read my brother WHO I ADORED IS DEAD. I hope that you can get your boyfriend read this site and ask, or beg him to read these posts. Because if you have read on here there are alot of US on here grieve our dead family member or friend. It does not surprise me that he doesnt want to spend time with your boys. When you read up on the facts what is in these cans you will identify with the side effects. Not to mention the SUDDEN SNIFFING SYNDROME . They say it's like playing Russian Roulette with a can. THE NEXT CAN MAY BE HIS LAST. If I where you I would not let him drive with your boys in the car. As there have been a lot of car accidents from BLACK OUTS. Also I would tell his parents or any family that cares about him. Show them this site. He needs to be checked in to rehab. There are centers that treat inhalation abuse patients.And if he won't listen to anything then you might need to do an INTERVENTION. If I would have know anything about my brothers addiction to this I would have gone around to all the local OFFICE MAX,OFFICE DEPOT ,CVS,WALGREENS, AND talked to the MANAGERS take his picture with me and beg them to look out for him buying these cans. I know it sounds crazy or a lot of work but if I had the chance that you have right now that's what I would do so my brother was ALIVE today. an addict will find what they need no matter the cost. Cost being losing you,your boys and his life. PROFESSIONAL HELP IS THE ONLY WAY!! But a least you are trying to help him . My brother told us he was sick in pain and when a family member went to check on him in his apartment he was gasping for air and having trouble breathing so he was rushed to ER. The dr. Told my parents his lungs were shutting down and his kidneys were not functioning. The DR. pleaded with him to tell him what was going on. he told the dr. He inhaled over 50 of those cans in 3 day period. after he was taken to ICU to run test 3-4 hrs later he went in to cardic arrest and could not be revived ( they worked on him for 30 min) when we went to clean his place we found those cans and the little red straws all over the floor. My family is broken and devastated and the hardest part is we had NO CLUE. Please please please do all you can to get him into treatment . and lastly...DONT LET HIM BE ALONE OR ALONE WITH YOUR BABY'S. I'm praying for you my friend because at this moment in time YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO HELP SAVE HIM. HE HAS A CHANCE OF TOMORROW. praying for answers , missingmybrother

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Help

Registered: 10/22/11
Posts: 10
Reply with quote  #12 
I am very truely soooooo sorry for ur lost trust me every day I do get scared and think that I could be in ur same place and I don't want that to be there because I know it's hard I don't want my kids to grow up without a dad specially because this is something that has a solution but also the thing is that all his family knows his mom,sister,brother and they have not done anything about it I really don't think they know how serious this is and as much as I want to help him I can't do it alone, thank u soooooo soooooo much for replying back to me I've never talked to someone that could understand what im going throw I never in my life thought that I would be in this position it really does mean alot to me god bless u and ur family
Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
Reply with quote  #13 
Dear Friend, (help)
I'm hoping you will update me on it's going with your boyfriend. As I thought of you today and praying u and your lil ones are safe. Keep trying friend , keep trying to get him help. What I would have done to have a chance to save or help my brother. as I'm working with my local resources to get answers ..I will update you any info that can help. But honestly he needs to go to rehab..and there are places that will take him without insurance. Take care friend

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Help

Registered: 10/22/11
Posts: 10
Reply with quote  #14 
Dear friend (missingmybrother) I just want to keep u updated and let u know that my boyfriend is willing to get help so I hope everything goes well I know it will because god is big hope to here from u soon and may god bless u and ur family
Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
Reply with quote  #15 
Hello Friend! Thank goodness he is willing to get help. I've been praying for u friend and your lil boys. It's really something because my husband and I were just talking about not knowing and looking back at some of the side effects we did see but had no clue what exactly he was doing. And the one girlfriend he had knew he did that time to time but did not tell his family and didn't take it seriously. He hid it from her too. So I don't blame her but I WISH he would have told us . I know i would be with you in this daily battle to keep him clean. I know I would have done anything for him to be here with his family and for his 3 girls. Keep praying my friend and keep positive for your procative attitude means everything. I know it's a heavy feeling right now but at this moment in time your little family has a chance to be ok. Keep me posted!! BTW...be careful when he is behind the wheel....praying for you, missingmybrother
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