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BRYANSMOM

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I found my 25 y/o son huffing in my bathroom, he was making strange noises in the bathroom so i busted in he was nearly under the water after crying, yelling and calling my husband at work i googled canned air and found out how many people have died from this. I printed out all this info for my son my husband talked to him as well as his sister and brother. My son was a ex-marine he had 2 years of college and was going to return in the fall, he had a great job working at a prison he had moved back home and was living rent free. Before i caught him doing this we had no idea what was going on his personalty had changed he kept having mark's on his face always with some excuse that sounded reasonable. He had wrecked his car had flipped it but blamed it on a blown tire we will never know if this was the truth. After confronting my son he appeared to be doing much better (i would go through his pockets and look for receipts for canned air i never found any) He borrowed my husbands truck nov 5 2011 to go visit a friend he told him he would be back in the morning. I work at night and when i got home at 7 am and he was not home. Me and my husband began looking for him its like we knew something was wrong my husband had the idea to look at motels we live in a small town so not many motels we found my husbands truck at a motel but they refused to let my husband know the room number are check on our son they did call his room but no answer (i had been calling his phone all night and the next day) we sat in parking lot until 11:00 check out time when he did not check out we had them call the police while my husband forced them to open the door my husband found my son it is something he will never get over. My son passed away that night are early the next morning.

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Kelli..I'm so sorry about losing your son. If you have read my posts I lost my brother 2 months and 29 days ago. On sept 11,2011 to huffing computer duster.it's so very hard to understand the desire for this 5-7 minute high from each spray. No one in my family knew of my brothers addiction to this but after he died we pieced together some of the odd things that happened this past year. And a car accident was one of them. He was traveling on the high way when he drove through the median hit a car claiming he was going the wrong way and was making a u turn on a busy highway ?? Both my parents thought right away DUI !! he had to have been drinking but nope no acholihal found in his system. After totaling both cars and had to be airlifted to hospital both parents went to his bed side. He died almost one year to the date from that accident. Some of his personality seemed different but we took it as he was a busy work guy. After a family member took him to the hospital because he was very sick we still had no idea what was wrong with him. He told the dr. He inhaled 50 plus cans over 3 day period ...he was having kidney failer and was
taken into the ICU. Again both patents on there way to hospital. By the time my
dad got there he passed away after going into cardiac arrest and could not be
revived due to overdose of poison chemicals in can. We are all heartbroken just like you asking ourselves why, who showed him this, why didn't he tell us?? I
have been trying so hard to get some of these answers to my questions on this
poison and today I received a letter from my congress man requesting a
meeting with me after the holiday!! To get my perspective on more awareness and what we can do to slow down these painful deaths. Because as you know
an addict will find a way no matter what. But at least they can educate the retailers. There are some states that have age restrictions and some stores like
cvs only put out 3-4 cans at a time. Again Kelli I'm sorry for you and your whole
family. I can't even get my mom to go on this site yet. And my dad will read
them time to time. I think they cry everyday...I'll pray for you Kelli that one day
maybe you will join me in this fight against inhalation abuse. Feel free to email me privately..missingmybrother

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BRYANSMOM - I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your son.  Losing a child is supposed to be an ache and pain like no other.  My sincere condolences to you and your entire family.  A big Salute to your son for having been in the Marines. 

 

Inhalants can be very addictive, both physically and psychologically, and the products used for huffing are so readily available, that it can make it that much more difficult for someone with an inhalant addiction to stop.  It also seems as though those in the military do use inhalants, and the drug testing for servicemen and women does *not* include a test for inhalant use.

 

There is a lot of misinformation out there about the dangers of huffing.  The chemicals in products used for huffing are actual POISONS that were never meant to go through the bloodstream.  My friend has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from inhalant use at the age of 12, now in her 30s.  Not everyone dies from huffing but may end up with permanent neurological (brain, spinal cord, nerves) damage as with my friend.

 

To help support you in the grieving process, I'm not sure if you're aware of the non-profit organization "Compassionate Friends", but they might have a local support group which is primarily for the parents who are grieving the loss of a child, but siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins may attend, too.  (It's *not* in place of professional grief counseling though.)

 

The site for Compassionate Friends:  http://www.compassionatefriends.org

 

To search for a possible local support group for "general" grief support, Grief Share may have a local group:  http://www.griefshare.org/findagroup

BRYANSMOM

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Thank you all so much. There is not many people we can talk to about this. It's not "suicide" per say. So many people have no idea about huffing and I am trying to warn people about the dangers but it is hard right now because it is so fresh. There is a compassionate friends support group in our area and i do plan to attend. I would love to help in anyway possible to put a stop to this problem I just need to know where to start maybe my congressman?

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Bryansmom - I'm so sorry for your loss.  It's a very hard story to hear, as many are walking in your shoes with either similar losses, or fears of a similar loss just around the corner.  Anything you can do, in your son's name, to inhibit the sale, change the formulation, or educate the public would be extremely productive and perhaps healing - when the time seems right for you.  It's a miracle that my loved one is alive and in treatment, but going forward I hope this product is changed in its present form or taken off the market.  Again, my heart goes out to you, and my prayers are with you and your family. 
jennarain

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margeramme

Pleae pleae tell a school counselor or the nurse. I am a grown adult addicted to duster. I have lost everything in my life including my children. I am homeless and currently living in a convent with a group of nuns. Please this is so serious. Its no joke. People are dying everywhere. I was just in rehab and there were several people there addicted to it. A girl I know who smokes crack cocaine and has done duster told me duster gives here the same high as crack..Im sure youve heard of how addictive crack is. I dont think people in the recovery world take this seriously.. They dont view it like they do other drugs

Gatorsmommy

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Originally Posted by sadfriend
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. 
Gatorsmommy

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My son died December 5th from huffing Duster.  OMG I have never seen anything so addicting in my life.   He started in March of this year and each relapse got worse.  This stuff is crazy and should be taken off the market.  I will make it my life goal to see that it does.  And i also believe people in the recovery centers and world have NO CLUE how addicting this is! So if there is anyone out there who wants to jump on the band wagon with me to get rid of this monster who is taking our children and loved ones. Please please contact me.
MT

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I agree it should be taken off the market or changed in formulation and delivery of the product so it can't be huffed.  I'm curious to know what your ideas are for making a change.  I agree that there is a lack of understanding in many areas about huffing duster. It's very prevalent in our homes and stores, but defense attorneys, police, and the general public are not aware of the hazards of this poison.  I truly believe that my loved one would not substitute another aerosol for computer duster - if it were not available. That isn't to say that alcohol and other drugs might not be part of a substitution for a possible relapse - but not the other inhalant products listed on this site.  That is why I think computer duster needs to be taken off the market.  Let me know what kind of help you are looking for and I'll consider helping you.
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Dear Kelli - I cried reading your post.  I lost my 24 year old son Tyler on 01/26/10 from computer duster.  Same story as your son.  College, great friends, great girlfriend, living at home and starting his life as an adult.  Personality started to change in November 2009.  On January 7th 2010 we received a call from the hospital.  He had been found huffing in his car in the parking lot of the CVS.  He was supposed to be going to his girlfriend's apartment for dinner.  It was the first we knew about it.  We took the car away, got him into an outpatient treatment program.  I drove him to work each day.  He worked in my building so I could keep an eye on him.  I found him dead in the bathroom in work, a can of duster on the floor.  I pray every day that this doesn't happen to another wonderful young person.  Then I read your story and just cry.  He told his therapist about this and, because she had no idea what this was, she DIDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.  She worked IN THE HOSPITAL.  She could have gotten him admitted and held for observation.  It was only after he passed away that she looked up what this was and realized the dangers.  My heart and prayers are with you and your family.
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rebeccalynn

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It's good to know I'm not the only person who struggles with someone on this stuff. My boyfriend of nearly 4 years is about to lose me because of his computer duster addiction. He started it nearly a year ago and cannot stop once he starts. He's been told it's damaging his heart and memory, plus had bad chemical burns, not to mention has done 30 days in jail for stealing it. He's even tried to get me to steal it for him. I'm seriously heartbroken and embarrassed by the whole thing because he actually steals the cans if he doesn't have the money. My prayers go out to everyone struggling with inhalant addiction.

Missingmybrother

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Rebeccalynn....well after reading this..it's clear he is not the person u fell in love with. All these things he is doing are clear addiction behavior. Don't run yet my friend,,,try to help him first. My family knew nothing about my brothers addiction . I would keep yourself safe and never let him drive you. But at least try to get him some help...what about his family?? Do they know? Speak to a counselor alone first ..get there advice on the next step. I went to every single store near my brothers apt. With a picture of him asking questions. Bottom line they don't care ..what the state laws are they sell it. Praying For answers, missingmybrother
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skk1958

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Quote:
Originally Posted by sadfriend
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. [n/QUOTE]
skk1958

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I also recently lost my best friend due to huffing. She was 53yr old and no one seems to think that this is something a woman of this age would be doing. I want to raise awareness that this addiction also affects people of my agegroup too. Her children and I miss her terribly. I need to find a way to help get this.message out. If anyone has any ideas to help people realize how dangerous this really is. My friend died from cardiac arrest after inhaling muster. I need to find a way to help other people realize the danger of sudden death with this ?product/drug. Any advise would be appreciated,I know there are other people who feel like I do.
Lezlie

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My daughter died all alone in a
WALMART parking lot on jan 22nd, after she had been kicked out of the NAVY, she had been discharged because of huffing and the horrible part is the navy medical were aware, she had been in rehab twice. But not one time did they contact me, they released her jan.12 2012, she died jan.22nd. The San Diego police dept contacted me at work and said she had aready passed, and the navy would not accept her body,I don't know who to be mad at the navy for not contacting me, walmart, for allowing her to buy 20 cans in two days (she slept in their parking lot)
She even was caught doing it in their bathroom and they kicked her out.Do I blame myself for turning my only daughter over to the navy with the promise they would take care of her? I'm so hurt and angry and confused




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