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fanny

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TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT USE INHALANTS OR KNOW SOMEONE THAT USE THEM:


MY BROTHER JASON DIED FROM USING INHALANT AND SO HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE!! INHALANT WILL KILL YOU!! JASON DID NOT BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD AND WE FOUND HE DIED FROM USING GAS AND PROPANE. USING INHALANT CAN KILL YOU THE FIRST TIME YOU USE IT. YOU MAY USE THEM FOR A LONG TIME BUT IT CAN AND WILL KILL YOU. IT CAN CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE AND ALL KINDS OF HEALTH PROBLEMS. IF YOU ARE USING YOU NEED TO GET HELP, YOU NEED TO STOP NOW!!! PARENT YOU NEED TO KEEP CHEMICAL AWAY FROM YOUR KIDS AND TEENAGERS. ALL CHEMICALS!!! IF YOU ARE USING STOP NOW!!! FOR YOUR ON SAFETY. PLEASE STOP NOW!! NO ONE KNOW THE REALLY DAMAGES BEHIND CHEMICALS. EVEN THINGS THAT YOU USE TO CLEAN A COMPUTER. I WILL MY BROTHER WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ME. I MISS HIM. THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK OF HEM AND THE PROBLEMS THAT IT CAUSED HEM. STOP NOW! 
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My son almost died last night. I found him face up with his eyes open just looking off into space. He had no pulse and wasn't breathing. I had to give him CPR. I don't know how long I was working on him, but it was for a while. I think I cracked a few ribs. He was dead. If I hadn't heard him hit he floor I would have found him the next morning dead on the floor with the damn can of compressed air in his hand. He swears he doesn't remember doing it. He can't even tell me why he did it. This is a smart kid. He will graduate highschool at 16 and college at 19. The girls call him all the time. He has friends asking him to go places too. His brother likes to hang out with him. My wife and I are still married after 20 years. Why or how could this happen? He can't answer me. How can I fix something if I don't know the cause? I can't get that picture of him dead on the floor. I can't sleep. I can't eat. I can only see him on the floor. I've been to Iraq. I have seen death up close, but it never affected me like this. I love my son, but I hate what he has done to our family. Now what?

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My condolences to you and your family. I'm sure I speak for all users on this board when I say we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and hearts.

Hopefully, by sharing it has helped a little.  Are you and your family considering counseling, or do you want to wait until the immediate grieving period has subsided some?

If the Alliance for Consumer Education could be of any assistance by linking you with other parents, family members who have gone through the same tragedy, please let me know. (QBradley@ConsumerEd.org; or phone: 202- 862-3902)

Thank you again for sharing, as I'm positive your post will serve as a wake up call to those who currently abuse or have thought about abusing inhalants.

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Hey, im 16  and i started with whippets one day with some friends ordered like 600 from ebay.  Well than bored i saw a duster can and tried it and OMG it was intense. It had horrible after effects. I threw up this morning from doing it and i just threw up again for doing it AGAIN. I mean its a great feeling but now after reading all this i feel bad. I mean how long will i feel like this? i feel sick, like if i need to throw up again and again. and my brain feels like its blinking. Im afraid to fall asleep cuz i dont want to wake up dead. Can it kill you after you have been clean for an hour? This feeling sucks. I keep on having a little bit of puke in my mouth as we speak and im very very shaky and have the chills. Wont do duster again. Ill stick to Whipped cream cans or ebay n20 canisters. Can someone asnswer asap so i can sleep safely and not die or , what should i do??? How can feel better after doing this thing.

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Also can  you die from long term use?

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Justin- Inhaling can be fatal the 1st or 100th time someone tries. Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome is usually associated with cardiac arrest. While it can occur with many types of inhalants, it is particularly associated with the abuse of air conditioning coolant, butane, propane, and the chemicals in some aerosol products (in your case, computer duster). The Inhalant causes the heart to beat rapidly and erratically, resulting in cardiac arrest.

After your episode with computer duster, why would you continue to inhale anything?  Boredom?  Can you be doing something more constructive with your free time than wasting money on nitrous oxide canisters and abusing them causing harm to your body? 

When you deliberately inhale concentrated amounts of nitrous oxide you are displacing the oxygen in your body (not good). Different inhalants produce different harmful effects, and regular abuse of these substances can result in serious harm to vital organs (such as liver and kidney damage). Harmful irreversible effects include: hearing loss, limb spasms, bone marrow and central nervous system (including brain) damage.

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A 16-year old admitted he inhaled computer dusters and then attempted to drive. “After a couple of hits, he was high, his head swimming in inhalants. But as he dropped off his friend, he began to feel dizzy. He steered his truck onto the shoulder until the spinning subsided.” He started driving again and soon blacked out.

His “pickup raced through an intersection before plowing into the side of a house. Even though he was wearing a seat belt, his head smashed through the windshield.”

http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/articles/2008/11/11/news/sunday/news01.txt

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I pray that you stop huffing......if you can't you will please get help? I found my 17 yr. old son dead in his room, from the night before. He had huffed duster. I found him Sept. 6. I had been waiting for the toxicology reports before speaking out too much, but am now looking to do some kind of awareness.........I am so sad for what our beautiful, full of potential young people are doing to themselves. We have God who has, and continues to carry us through....but for those that do not know Him. I am not sure how they make it through.


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I just found out yesterday that my 20 year-old brother is addcited to "dusting". My mom found 230 cans hidden in his room. I'm so angry because he could be dead now. Even last nite, he said 'its not a big deal, its just air', and its only this morning, having internet, that I'm reading the truth.

He lives in Austin, Tx, but I live in Toronto, Ontario. What can I do to help him?? His joints have swelled up and his doctor wants to do a bone marrow biopsy on him. He was going for all kinds of medical tests (CT scans, bone scans) all the while continuing to use compressed air. I'm so confused - if it was hurting his pysically, why not stop? why continue to go for blood work and tests?? Is it a cry for help?? My parents and East Indian - they are in complete denial about his drug use and think it can just stop.

Please help me with any advice..I don't want to bury my brother.


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Im doing a speech on inhalant abuse in school... telling people not to do this... I have to admit, the only reason I actually came up with this topic is because my friends and I have done it more than I'd like to admit... 1 of my closer friends still does it... she sometimes to get me to do and sometimes i cave but i try to stay away from it and i've been doing pretty good... your posts have helped me out in my speech and i came to the realization that im not the only on that thinks im stupid for trying this... thank you


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Scared_for_my_brother- Thank you for your post.  My heart goes out to you as it is quite a difficult position you are in.

The best thing to do is be strong for your family, and continue to talk openly and honestly with you brother about the deadly effects of inhalants.  You mentioned you found some information on the internet about inhalant abuse, did you share it with him and let him know it's not just air in duster??  You may want to email him the following FAQ sheet which is aimed at people who think like him: http://www.inhalant.org/media/duster.pdf

As you educate your brother on the issue and try to make him take it more seriously, it's important to do the same for your parents.  As his legal guardian and adult, authoritative figure in his life, it's important for everyone to be on the same page to send a stronger message to him.  Mixed signals such as you doing the right thing, confronting him about his problem, looking for help, as your parents shrug it off can be confusing for him and another reason for him not to stop.

Just keep doing what you are doing and keep talking to your family about this problem.

Anyone else have advice on confronting/educating other family members on inhalant abuse??

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LiveLaughLove- How did your speech in school go?

I'm very glad to hear that you were able to find the strength you needed to stop right here on this message board.  I bet if you shared your story or took the time to reply to a few posts, others will find the inspiration they need to call it quits.

Thanks for posting.

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I've never tried duster personally, but my sister used to do it (hopefully not anymore). She and her friend came to my job one day all F***** up, trying to get me to do some with them. Anyways, one night my sister and three of her friends went to wal-mart to get a can of it, on their way back home they were huffing it, my sister passed out behing the wheel of her friends car and ran into a fence. The only reason that shes still alive is because she is short, the fence that they hit threw up a fence post which would have stabbed her in the head. Her friends thought that she was dead becasue she wouldn't wake up. They were all sitting by the high way when she finally came to and climbed out of the car. She had no idea what had happened and didn't know why they were all sitting out on the ground crying. Her and her friend that the car belonged to were grounded for a long time because what they were doing and because they lied about what had happened.

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I used to use computer cleaner (duster) alot. I was always so out of it and my grades at school dropped. It made me pass out and eventually I was sent to a mental hospital. I had a lot of trouble stopping. My friends have a lot of trouble trying to get me under control. I always smell it all around me and I have cravings for it. I would make me throw up some times. I remember one time I did it so much that I couldnt tell reality from dream. I didnt know that anything around me even existed.

Duster is trully addictive...
I say smoking is fine but stay away from duster.
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A long time ago, I did some sniffing, left it alone, never to try it again.  Well recently some friends of mine did some duster.  We laughed at his voice, but I was worried when one had said she blacked out.  Now I had to deal with them taking two cans of duster to the sand dunes, and listen to that stupid can go off for two days, knowing all 3 people with me, were using it.  Now I find out, it is still an every day occurance.  My boyfriend, being 33, has been using it with them.  I have noticed in the past 3 weeks, a change in his behavior.  He gets mad at me, he has stopped being responsible, and all he wants to do, is hang out at that house.  He even moved out of my place.  I never knew how dangerous the duster could be, until I found this forum and read these stories.  It is making me realize that the change in him, could be this stuff?  He has a 9 year old son, and my friend that lives at the house, has an 11 year old daughter.  She saw the intervention on huffing, and is scared of them doing it.  I don't know if they even realize what they could be doing to themselves?  Are some side effects, causing him to change so much?

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