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QueshiaB

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Matts_Dad-  I'm very sorry to hear about the circumstances surrounding your Sunday night.  It's important for you to do some research on inhalant abuse.  Feel free to search around our site to find signs/symptoms of an abuser (have you noticed any of these in your son recently?); harmful effects of huffing (so you can clearly convey the dangers of abusing duster).  I hope he has learned a lesson, but I encourage you to continue to talk to your son to find more answers (i.e. where did he get the idea to do this? are a lot of his peers doing this?, etc.).

Per your original question, yes you should make an appointment with a counselor, as they (should) be able to answer your questions in real time and offer local resources in your area.  You could also give us (the Alliance for Consumer Education) a call if you have any further questions, comments (202-862-3902). 

Thank you for posting.


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The evening of January 12, 2004 was just like any other evening. I was working late, and it was just about closing time when I had gotten the call I will never forget. My mother called me at work in a panic because she had not talked to my younger brother all evening (she was also at work). I assured her everything was fine and to call me when she got home. I received her call and I knew it wasn't good. She told me there had been an emergency and to get home right way. I started to freak out because I knew something awful had happened but she would not tell me until I got home. I will never forget the ride home I was shaking so bad I could barley drive. As soon as I rounded the bend to my house I knew something terrible had happened. There were police cars and an ambulance sitting in front of my house. As soon as I got in my house I was greeted by my mom and police officers. I didn't even have a chance to say anything when they told me he was dead. I started to freak out I didn't understand why or how. I sat there in utter shock. Detectives were called out immediately and upon investigation it was found that my brother was inhaling computer cleaner. My mother and I had NO clue. I was in denial for the longest time but as time went on and I learned what inhaling is and what it does the pieces sure did fit together. It will be almost 5 years since his passing and to this day is very hard for me to believe that he is gone and never will be back. He was only 18 years old. I want someone to take my story in hopes that it will never happen to them.

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jenny22-  Thank you for sharing.  I'm sorry to hear about your loss.  I'm sure your words will touch somebody on this message board and make them take inhalant abuse more seriously.

I'm sure I can speak for all when I say we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and hearts.

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Ehh... this is insanely scary stuff. The first time I tried duster hits was with a friend of mine at her house. I was under the assumption that it was actually harmless air... unlike other inhalants. Obviously I was wrong and found out it was just as bad afterwards. But anyways, I took two hits. Done. It was insane... I was totally mental. Way out of it. It only lasts about 5 five minutes each hit. That night after I went home I was having mega urges to do it again. So I tried with a few different hairsprays. None of them worked. A little later I felt I needed to try again, just to make sure. So I went through them all again and still got nothing. The next day I went to her house again. We sucked down an entire bottle within the hour. Anyways, obviously I am addicted. And I try to resist as much as possible. I always feel like I need to do it... but after looking up on it I am terrified and don't want to put everyone through that. Every now and then I give in and try more. I really suggest NOBODY even get thoughts of trying. It is not worth it at all. Haha... sorry my story was kind of lame and unpersuasive... not the best writer. But for real... this is bad stuff. You MAY live. You may not. Don't take the risk. Even if you do live this stuff can seriously eff ur brain and you'll be mental even when ur not high. Just don't. Seriously, I can't explain how much I wish I wasn't addicted to it. It's scary.
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No my sister does not do airduster anymore. Neither do any of my cousins or the kids we started to do it with. It was like a couple time thing I guess. We all learned we had to grow-up & that doing inhalants would eventually hurt us. I thank God that I didn't die or anyone I knew who did airduster. We were very lucky to be alright. Please everyone-THINK BEFORE YOU DO SOMETHING YOU MIGHT REGRET. INHALANTS ARE A DRUG, DRUGS KILL YOU.
 
If anyone ever needs anyone to talk to about drugs, inhalants or alcohol please feel free to contact me. I've gone through a lot in my 16 years of living, but regret doing it. <3
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ryanisbomb is right. you may live, you may not. my Jarod did not live. i'm sure he didn't think it would ever kill him. my life is a living hell without him. please get help before it's too late. inhalants won't just ruin your life, it will ruin everyone else's life too.

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ryanisbomb- Thank you very much for posting and your story wasn't lame at all!  You're not trying to write an award-winning novel, you're just giving us honest insight on what it's like to do inhalants.  I appreciate your honesty and think you story is persuasive in that you've actually tried inhalants so your experience and advice are very valid.

Are you getting help for your addiction?



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recently, a very close friend of mine passed away as the result of his uninformed decision to abuse computer duster. in michigan and at least where i work, customers are required to be at least eighteen to purchase this product. however, since my friend's tragic passing, how this product is sold and displayed as begged the answers to a couple questions.
FIRST, products like these are clearly labeled with the words, "CAUTION: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN". i understand that this warning is primarily for parents. however, where is the retailer's responsibility in adhering to this warning?? in ALL of the stores that i have visited recently, products such as these are within easy reach of not only adults, but minors as well. it is my feeling that products which contain such a warning should be kept in a locked display case. if not in a locked case, these products should somehow be anchored to a shelf requiring an associate of any store that sells these products to obtain them for the customers who wish to purchase them.
SECONDLY, for a product such as these which is so easily and frequently abused, why is the safety information and the dangers of abusing them not more clearly displayed?? i believe that specifically for these types of products that the safety information and the dangers of abusing them should be displayed in plain view near where these products are sold so that all customers can see them. this would allow the customers to make a more informed decision about purchasing such products, and further educate them about the proper use of such products.
this is just some food for thought, but i would love to hear everybody's feedback.
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so i used duster more than once in my 16 year old life, and never once had any damage done to my body but one night i got so tore up i blacked out and hit my face on the corner of my dresser to my suprise i woke up not knowing what i did until i saw the blood pouring from my lip, from that day foward i have been very hesitant about the DRUG called Air duster people think its no big deal but i am currently getting help for my addiction. it's more than just a 5 min high it can kill you!


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wow thinkin about commiting suicide with duster...my hubbys in Iraq, I am miserable...maybe, maybe not...sittin here thinkin


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everettk- Please seek professional help immediately!  Please call 1-800-273-TALK for a suicide prevention help line. 

 

You may also want to look at the following sites for how to get help in your area:

National Council for Suicide Prevention: http://www.ncsp.org

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.sprc.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org



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First, my thanks to Queshia and all the other fine people involved with this website. My heart goes out to all the people who have written messages, and my prayer is that each person will find recovery from the dark place of addiction. I found this site after a frenzied evening of searching for answers on my computer.  I would like to describe the event that brought me to inhalant.org. In March of 2008, I first discovered that Eric, my 44 year-old brother, had an inhalant problem after he was put on probation at his job at Walmart because he got caught at work inhaling computer duster. After a month of counseling and AA meetings, he returned to work and was caught doing the same thing his first day back. As I live in another state, I called him and also my mom, as she lives in the same town as Eric, and I also kept in touch with my sister, who lives in yet another state. I encouraged my brother to go to treatment, and I tried to convince my mother and sister that his problem was serious enough to merit rehab. His counselor didn't think his problem was all that serious either. It seemed as if many people felt that he just needed to "learn his lesson" and "try harder."  I certainly couldn't understand the counselor not encouraging treatment, since my brother had shown such a total lack of control at work. Finally, in mid-August, 2008, my brother was hospitalized after his older daughter called the cops on him, not to get him in trouble with the law, but to get him help.  My brother was then hospitalized.  His brain was actually bleeding.  A few days later, he was released, and the following day he used, fell, and ended up in the hospital again.  This time, however, his brain was rapidly swelling and nothing could stop it. By the time he reached the hospital, all of his higher brain function was gone.  The family made the decision to disconnect his life support after 5 days, and he died in about 24 hours. He left 2 young children,a 22 year-old daughter, and a broken-hearted family. I stayed with my brother in the hospital during his last days, and I read to him, talked to him, touched him, kissed him, and prayed over him.  I thank God that I have been clean and sober myself for about 1 1/2 years from opiates. Because I do have sobriety and have worked hard to improve my life, I was able to show my brother love and understanding as he went through his addiction, as well as help him in the only way I could as he lay dying.  I still have a lot of anger toward the people around him who could have helped him. I have even written the counselor and told him that he should pass his addicted clients on to drug counselors.  There are no do-overs with death.  First came severe depression for my brother, and then came computer duster and addiction.  My heart still aches, and I am especially heartbroken for my 79 year-old mother, who goes to the cemetery and cries, "Why, Eric, why? Why?"  So, that's my story. I hope someone might read this and realize that snorting/sniffing/huffing is serious business. People get hurt, and people die.  No do-overs, no second chances to go to treatment. If you are a user or know someone who is, get help NOW. People love you!

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Dear Jeannie,

Thank you for sharing your tragic and sad story about your brother. It seems like every week there is another new post on this board, sharing their great tragedy of having lost a loved one to inhalant abuse.  Hopefully it will be a wake up call for more than one reader on this message board. 
To those of you who are inhaling: please get help! There really are people in your lives that do love you and would be shattered if you should die! We all have stories to write with our lives, don't cut yours short for the escape of a 2 minute high.

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everettk,
please give us all an update on how you are doing. my heart grieves for you and anybody else who might be considering taking their own life in this way. please let us know that you are alright.
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Fay,

I applaud you for being sober for 1.5 years, fighting addiction is an accomplishment.

I admire your urgency to get your family members to convince your brother to get help, it can be hard to move people from a distance. Please know that even though the readers are far from you, they are moved by your story.  My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

The pain that you feel is real and individuals that abuse inhalants should understand that their loved ones will feel that pain if they do not get help. Fay is right that DEATH IS FINAL, but inhalant abuse addiction can be helped.
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