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dustfunny

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 2
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I first was introduced to computer duster when some friends of mine were inhaling it one night while I was driving them around. I had never done a drug in my entire life. But this made me very curious.

So a few nights later when I was at a friend's house, I found a can of it. So she and I decided to try it. We didn't know what it did to you at all, so we didn't have any idea what to expect.

She has done pretty much everthing except Meth and Acid, and she says that is the best high she has ever gotten. Up until recently we still did it every so often, but I have no problem in saying no one should ever do it ever. This stuff is horrible for you.

I've even gotten a throat infection from it. And my friend has had nosebleeds. We also experience bad headaches and lasting effects. Not to mention we have had accidents involving me hitting my head on metal train tracks, as well as my friend falling off of a train track bridge and rolling down a hill. I have had a friend crash his car while on it. And I have another friend who siezures when he does it.

But as of now, I think we may be done with duster.

And as for the bittering agent in the cans, the only times we have been left with a bad taste in our mouths was when we each did an entire can to ourselves in about an hour or so.
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Registered: 06/16/06
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dustfunny- with all the bad effects (nosebleeds, seizures, dangerous falls, etc) why did you all continue to do it?


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dustfunny

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 2
Reply with quote  #3 
We still did it because we liked the way it made us feel. Of course, my friend who had the car wreck has stopped as far as I know. But the friend that I first tried it with...she and I struggle with urges.

Sometimes when we think about it, it makes us nauseous. Everytime we go into a Wal-Mart store, we look for duster. We compare prices. We research it online. We debate buying a can everytime we are out.

Just last night we did it over the phone together. And just tonight she thought about buying a can because she finished hers today.

And sometimes when we're out and about somewhere, we can literally smell it.

All day today we both felt slightly disoriented. Like if we moved too fast things blurred. And we zoned a lot. Like we're looking but not really seeing.

We are trying to stop, it's just hard.

But I have a doctor's appointment coming up, and I know they are going to do bloodwork.

How long does it take for the chemicals to work their way out of your bloodstream?
QueshiaB

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Very glad to hear you are open to getting help.  Is your friend open to doing the same?

As with any abuse, recognizing it is a problem is the first step to any treatment, and you've done it! I just urge you all to seek professional help before you do anymore damage to your body or a more fatal consequence.


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jannazuber

Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 44
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Dear Dustfunny,

Your last question made me sad...how long does it take for this stuff to be out of your system?  Sounds like you are worried about getting caught... no comment.

Our 4th son would have turned 22 this August 30th.  Five and one half years ago he was found in his dorm room dead, with a plastic bag over his head.  At first they thought it was suicide,  but then found the can of air freshener on the floor close by....

It sounds like you and your friends have been playing this game  of Russian roulette quite a few times.  If you have hopes to do something in your future, dreams you want to fulfill, I beg you not to wait for the blood test to show up positive.  Be frank and honest with your doctor now.  Get help immediately.  If the stuff doesn't kill you, it will in time destroy your body, that is a fact.

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ashley123nm

Registered: 11/15/07
Posts: 9
Reply with quote  #6 
My brothers were inhailing duster then went
swiming one died and the other was on life
support, it was a miracle my other brother
survived his heart stopped several times.
QueshiaB

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Registered: 06/16/06
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ashley123nm- Thank you for sharing this personal story.  Hopefully, it will deter others from thinking inhaling is harmless. 

Please let us know if you would like to have prevention materials sent to your community in an effort to raise awareness about this issue.  If school staff, parents and others in the community are more educated on the issue, they will be more vigilant and hopefully be able to stop an inhalant abuser before the situation becomes tragic.

Thanks again for sharing.

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ashley123nm

Registered: 11/15/07
Posts: 9
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Ive been trying to raise awarness but I didnt
know where to start so a friend told me about
this site.
QueshiaB

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Reply with quote  #9 
That's great to hear!  ACE would love to assist you in anyway.  Whether it's sending materials to your brothers' school or local community centers, or if you feel comfortable in sending us a pic and a testimonial.  This information will be used in a faces of inhalant abuse/ memorial section we are developing to incorporate into the website by the middle of next year.

I would love to hear what you have been doing thus far, and any ideas you may have for how we can help your efforts.  Please send me an email to Qbradley@consumered.org and we can discuss further.

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The scary thing is waking up after abusing a whole can of air duster.  To wake up, and find that you have pissed the bed, and threw up because of the bittergent. And it was also scary when my roommate said that i was talking to myself while passed out, and it sounded like the devil with downsyndrome.

lindsay_p

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #11 
My friends and I would do 5-6 bottles of Air Duster or Dust Remover, or whatever it was called in the store of choice, a day. One time I was sitting in my friends garage taking hits out of the can, the next thing I know I'm facing where I was sitting and on the floor with a busted lip. This is no joke, and it is very addicting. I have only been off it a few weeks, and every time I pass it I make plans in my mind to find ways to get it. Its not worth it, I know people who do it so much they cant remember the year, when sober. Or they dont remember how to spell simple words. Or are dead.
No one sits down with a can of duster, or anything else, and thinks Im going to get addicted to this.
So dont even take the risk.
ashley123nm

Registered: 11/15/07
Posts: 9
Reply with quote  #12 

yeah this stuff is scary and serious. My brother only did it twice and the second time he died from it!

MissKella

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Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 1
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I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THIS SITE!!
 
 My boyfriend and best friend is away right now in the military. He called me the other day as usual with the highlight of the day... this time he told me all about how his friend got him to try an aerosol product (computer cleaner) and how he'd never felt anything like it. My heart sank to floor... I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was angry and sad and scared all at the same time. I was in shock at how taken back he was with my reaction... he had no idea what he had done. Thanks to this site I found the words to get through to him. Now he knows and has promised to never do it again. Thank God. I don't know what I'd do if ignorance had taken his life.
 
Kella
QueshiaB

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Registered: 06/16/06
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Kella- Thank you for your post!  That is why the Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) created the site and discussion board- to increase awareness and education on the issue of inhalant abuse, and to spark dialogue about the issue.

I hope you talking to him spurs him to talk with his fellow service men and women about it if he sees someone abusing a products.

Thanks again for not being afraid to speak up about the issue!

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heh_2

Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #15 

i first tried air duster last year alone, it was the best high i had ever had but it doesnt last very long. soon afterward me and my friend went and got some and she tried it...after that we bought a can for each of us just about once a week for 3 months straight ..suprisingly nothing bad happend...neither of us have did air duster in about a few months we sometimes get a huge urge too but now we know the side effects of it..we both get paranoia and still get dizzy and lose our balance even after quiting it ..i dont think any of it will ever go away because it seems to get worse all the time

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