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sadfriend

Registered: 05/03/11
Posts: 1
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My friend was found dead this week in his car in the CVS parking lot. He died from huffing Duster. So anyone who thinks they can control the situation...you can't. If you use Duster you are playing Russian Roulette every time. There is no lead up symptoms for you to "stop just before"...you just die. 
MT

Registered: 04/26/11
Posts: 48
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I'm so sorry for you and the family of your friend.  This is a horrible addiction, in that it appears that so many dust in the parking lot of the store where it's bought - where they either die, or drive (which my daughter did more than once).  There is no rational thinking when this product is abused - something has got to be done to change the accessibility, perhaps the product itself, and public education - because the stories are just too horrific, and I do not believe these people intend to die.  Sometimes, it appears to look like like suicide, because of the reuse after experiencing disastrous effects.  But, there's no control!  I wish this dusting powder would be taken off the market!
janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 545
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sadfriend - I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your friend.  The shock and ache that you must feel is understandable.  Thank you so much for posting about your friend and the dangers of huffing as it may help others here who are struggling with inhalant addiction.  My friend has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from inhalant use at the age of 12, now in her 30s.  Bless you for talking about your friend and how huffing everday household (or industrial) products has led to his passing. 

Regarding the grief that you must feel, there may be a local support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one or friend at this site - Grief Share:  http://www.griefshare.org/findagroup and can type into search.


Help

Registered: 10/22/11
Posts: 10
Reply with quote  #4 
I am to going throw the same problem my boyfriend is addicted to the dusters and I want to do something before it's to late I just don't know where to start I hope I fined a solution before my kids loss there dad
Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
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Dear Friend(HELP)
I thought about you today as I drove by these stores that carry duster. If you have read a lot of these post you will see YOU SHOULD NOT EVER DRIVE WITH HIM or let him take your boys. That is the only way you can be sure of there safety. Keep trying to get him help. keep trying to show him this can kill him. Professional help is the only way. Praying for answers, missingmybrother

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jbjoey

Registered: 02/09/10
Posts: 33
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I just completed writing a letter to the president and CEO of [a company], who were the inventors of compressed-air duster.  YES, YOU HEARD IT CORRECTLY - THEY HAVE THE WORD SAFETY IN THEIR NAME.  How is that for irony?  I wrote it in response to a letter I received from him after I sent a letter to him regarding the death of my son.  Basically he said - we put bitterants in their, we support education, there are many positive uses for it, etc.  I dared him to come up with one use that was more important than the life of even one person.  I told him bitterants were only put in there to make the manufacturer feel better about marketing a lethal product.  I told him I would go to my grave begging state Attorneys General, state Departments of Consumer Protection, the US Food and Drug Administration, and whoever else I can get to listen to ban this product or delegate it to the list of controlled substances.  PLEASE - WILL YOU ALL JOIN ME IN MY CAMPAIGN?  Contact those persons in your state.


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JoAnn Brozowski
Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
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Joann,,,I have heard of your efforts on line . I lost my brother to this canned poison on SEPT 11th 2011 in FL. . My brother was a 36 years old and our family had no clue he was addicted to this. I found out that NBC morning show did a segment in may of 2010 about the dangers of computer dusters and how stores on not regulating the age restrictions. ONE chain store up north decided NOT to carry it at all. While CVS said they care about safety but would not comment on camera. I'm going to work with my state reps in TEXAS as I have already contacted a few State Senators and a few who are in the running. My feeling is if supply stores are going to sell it they should educate there employees. My brother bought over 50 in 3 day period and NOT ONE PERSON STOPPED HIM OR ASK HIM ANY QUESTIONS. It just doesn't make any sense.not to mention you can buy as many as you want online. No age restriction there. That needs to be stopped too. Praying for answers, missingmybrother
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Help

Registered: 10/22/11
Posts: 10
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Missingmybrother, I just want to thank u soooooo soooooo much for ur support because I use to feel alone and I will keep u up dated once again thank you soo much god bless u
margeramme

Registered: 11/02/11
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #9 
Today, I found out my friend at school is inhaling dusters. While we were in the bus he and another friend started huffing and he was just laughing really hard. He asked me if I wanted some but I remembered a tv show I saw about how dangerous and fatal it can be, and said no. I only met this guy two months ago at the begginning of the school year, and I'm really scared for him and can't stop thinking about how he could do this to himself. I don't understand why he would risk his life for this....I don't know how I could talk to him or even what I'm supposed to say. My friend I was sitting next to while I watched him huff told me he did this almost everyday and that's why she normally took the other bus because she can't stand watching him do that... When he was huffing he didn't just take one breath, him and his other friend finished the whole bottle!!! Everyone watched them and I was starting to shake because of how scared I was of him even dying in front of us in the bus. What should I do ???? I just can't stop thinking about this and I can't forget how he did it, he would take the bottle then put it under his shirt and just breath it... Please tell me hat I should do, he's only 14 he's really nice, and good at sports, and his family loves him so much...I feel really bad and dont know what I should do.....
jbjoey

Registered: 02/09/10
Posts: 33
Reply with quote  #10 
Dear Margeramme - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell someone at school (guidance counselor, nurse, principal, teacher).  Don't be afraid of what this person will say about you.  I found my 24 year old son, my only child, dead from inhaling duster.  If you tell the boy on the bus he may just not believe you.  Even after you tell the adult or adults at school, please make sure that they understand what this is and what can happen.  My son spoke to his therapist, but she had no idea what this was and never investigated it, so she just didn't do anything about it.  Many professionals don't know the dangers and some have never even heard about this.  It is FAR, FAR worse than heroin, cocaine, pills.  Those items were at least formulated to be ingested into the body originally.  Canned air was not - IT IS A POISON.  It can happen the hundreth time or the first time.  I truly believe my son never understood the real possibility of dying from this and I am sure your friend does not either. 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE listen to me. If I can save even one person from suffering the same fate as my son, than maybe his death was not in vain.  I only wish someone had done the same for my son.

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JoAnn Brozowski
Fiona2007

Registered: 10/14/11
Posts: 8
Reply with quote  #11 
Margeramme please tell someone at your school a guidance counselor or a teacher. My sister died of huffing computer duster on august 23, 2011. She
Had overcome a meth and alcohol addiction but she couldn't overcome this. Please tell someone. This is a very serious and deadly addiction
Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
Reply with quote  #12 
Dear Margeramme...my brother died on September 11,2011 that was six weeks ago from inhaling COMPUTER DUSTER what they call canned air is POISEN. My family and I had no idea my brother was hooked on this or anything else. I BEG YOU to tell someone...you can tell a teacher in private and it can be anonymous. REALLY you are saving this boys life it's no LAUGHING MATTER. I wish I would have been able to help my brother. At this moment right now you can make a difference in someone's life ...don't let his family feel the pain we do each and everyday. good luck friend I know you will do the right thing..paying for answers, missingmybrother
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MT

Registered: 04/26/11
Posts: 48
Reply with quote  #13 
Margeramme - I reiterate what those before me have said - run, don't walk to someone you trust - and TELL THEM.  Tell somebody who will be able to act responsibly in dealing with a life threatening matter - so a counselor, parent, definitely an adult.  It's quite possible that it started with your friend as a recreational thing, and is now an addiction.  This is a time to be brave and do the right thing - not easy, but could be life saving.  
CaitlynMarie

Registered: 11/24/11
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #14 

I didnt know so many people were going through this.. I just took my boyfriend to the hospital yesterday because i found him in my room facedown drooling and puking on himself, completely passed out and twitching. It's been like this for the past 2 days (so i know of) and he said he had it under control and that he could quit, so i believed him but then it only got worse. He's going to a rehab facility for it now, because he told the doctor and me it's been like this for the past month, 2-3 cans a day. He did it about every hour on the hour. Now everythings coming out of the wood-work and im hearing stories from all his friends about times they've found him passed out.. The sad part is that half of his friends who told me they saw him like that, are duster users too and said they laughed at him and called him a "pussy" for passing out, they take huffing it as a joke... People who do duster are NOT aware of what can happen to them...Im so thankful it was me who found him this time and not one of his friends because he would have just kept in the cycle until it was too late, he's extremely lucky to be alive right now and i hope he will be able to appreciate that


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Caitlyn Lawler
Missingmybrother

Registered: 09/23/11
Posts: 62
Reply with quote  #15 
Caitlyn..you are right he is very lucky to be alive. And thank god you know about his addiction. If you have read my post..my brother died from this on Sept. 11th 2011. And my family had no idea of his addiction to Computer Duster poison. I hope he gets everything he need in rehab. Today on Thanksgiving is a very hard day as we are grieving and missing my big brother. Please read my posts and keep trying to help him...,.the more info you know about this addiction the better. At this moment right now in time he has a second chance at life. Praying for answers, missingmybrother
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