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Creighton

Registered: 06/16/06
Posts: 32
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Found this in my news alerts this am and thought I would share her appeal with everyone reading these posts. Help Mrs. Saumers with her effort make more parents and communities aware of inhalant abuse...............

On this board JannaZuber has shared some ways of reaching more parents (signs outside schools, fire stations, etc).  What other approaches are you taking to get more attention to this issue?

Letter: Huffing Freon

     Editor, The Friday Flyer:
     My husband and I are submitting this in an effort to help get the word out to all parents and residents in our local community. 
     Huffing Freon is the new and latest high for our children. “Freon?” you’re asking – at least that’s what we asked!  
     Here is what I learned. Our young children are huffing Freon from air conditioners through our community. Apparently this is a cheap and easy high for them, but one that is lethal and will kill. It has killed in the past and will continue too kill until we put a stop to it. This has become the choice drug for children ages 8 to 15, but not limited. They have easy access and it cannot be traced through blood testing. 
     This was brought to my attention just recently by a gentleman who actually brought his young son who was high on Freon to my house late one evening to inform me that my son showed his son how to do this. My first reaction was, “Not my son.”  After two days of looking into this, contacting the authorities and the POA, many tears later my husband and I are here to say, “Yes our son, yes your son and yes their son.”  
     Yes,  this behavior is out there and happening everyday in our neighborhoods. It’s easy, our air conditioners are right there and, to be honest, who would think someone would steal your Freon – but they are! Please watch for this, it could be one child, or even a group them. If they are near your air conditioner they are probably up to no good.
     This type of high is very habit forming and very deadly; it has no prejudice, it will take all who is willing. Please talk with your children, know their friends. Make it your business to know who is hanging around your house and neighborhood. I have always known my son’s friend and their parents. My husband and I can tell you that, if we had been a little more proactive watching the neighborhood, we would not be going through this! We love our son, we love your sons; this needs to stop.
     The local authorities are aware this is going on and so is the POA. I will be contacting the local elementary, middle and high schools. We also need your help.
     Laurie Saumers

http://www.thefridayflyer.com/FF-2008-5-2/FFS-9240.htm

scottkaren52

Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 6
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This is very frightening--we just discovered that our 11-year old son is abusing aerosol inhalants. Then, I discovered a hole in his window screen, a large hole, about 2 ft x 2 ft, and, right outside his window is the air conditioner compressor!

Could he be abusing freon as well?  How to tell if its been tampered with?  Doesn't he need special tools to open the freon in the ac?  Could he close it up again and no one the wiser?  I suspect he's climbing out the window at night and using the freon.  We fixed the screen, but that was just this week.  What to look for in the ac to show signs of tampering?
kelli08

Registered: 06/03/08
Posts: 1
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OMG. What does a wife do when her husband has found huffy freon better then life? I am a heartattack waiting to happen and so scared and so lost for words. I don't know what to do.. It is his lifeline that will be gone and then what? THE FAMILY and his life.. HELP. I am so sick with it. will check back shortly.
thank you to anyone with something to tell me.

asdf

Registered: 06/07/08
Posts: 1
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it sounds like your in a no win situation, i wish i could say some words to make it all better but this isnt fantasyland. what you need to do is face the hard fact that he is addicted to this and get him some help.......NOW!!!! try the "Betty Ford Center". Im hoping that youll make the right decisions now, cause if you dont there wont be a later for him.
be praying for you...
sqqqq

Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 1
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yo ..  hello there adults.. im here to share my experience with freon..i have to admit it messed me up in someways like when i have to run in softball it hurts my lungs .. and i forget things alot. ill adventully stop after high school.. so yeah just had to drop by to share my experience.. peace out and good luck with ur guys problems
corgidaze

Registered: 04/28/09
Posts: 122
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A message for all:
Freon Will Kill Sometime maybe not the first time but It will kill you at sometime.
I know I lost my son to huffing freon. Two local boys showed him how to do this deadly thing. I dont understand how someone can show someone else how to do something that will kill them. One of the boys admitted he knew it could kill. I just dont understand. For those of you that think its cool and really neat. Well think about your parents and friends and family, what they will have to go through when it does kill you. I wouldnt wish this hell on anyone.  I would do anything to have my son back To hear him laugh, to hear him say " Love My MOM"   When I was reading the story that Jana Put in her local paper, she said something about the authoritites knowing about this problem. Yes they do but they sure arent wiling to do much about it.  When my son died the detective just hurried through the investigation and told us there was nothing they could do to the boys because they told the police that they werent with my son that day.  They took no finger prints or nothing. Just did as little as  they thought they had to and let it go. I am still to this day haunted by the fact that they didnt care enough to really investigate it more.
I will make sure they never forget my son. I have made it my duty to remind them every year for the rest of my life of what they did  to our family. Please if there is any officers out there reading this I hope you take it back to your superiors and try to be better at investigating these types of things..  Please dont do this to your families and get help with your adictions if your are huffing freon

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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 162
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sqqqq- Please heed the story of corgidaze's son. Freon abuse is no laughing matter! If it's messing you up "in some ways" already it's only going to get worse as you continue. I hope you realize this soon and not wait until you graduate high school to quit.


sara_recoveredtoolate

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Registered: 04/11/10
Posts: 3
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Hi. I used to huff freon in high school. I did it because it was free, easily accessible, un traceable with drug tests, and i had friends that did it. I often did it when i couldn’t get a hold of weed or alcohol. I started this when I was 15 years old, an 11 yr old taught me how. The kid said, this is really fun but don't do it for more than a year or it will kill you, otherwise it's not any worse than any other drug. And of course as a teen I believed what my friends said without doing any research or asking anyone else. I did it for 3 months, I wanted to continue but I quit because I actually noticed myself getting stupider in that short period of time. I have a horrible memory-long term and short term. Sometimes i have trouble organizing my thoughts. I get distracted really easily and have trouble concentrating even on things I really want to concentrate on. Now, I'm 24 years old and I am going to college. It is so hard!!! I know it is harder for me than others in my class because of the effects that freon had on my brain. There is an unlimited access to freon out there, we stole it from ac units with only a pen, and a freezer bag to fill the gas into before we huffed it. Newer AC units have this gas opening locked, but most older units don't. This is very dangerous and it seems like the effects are irreversible. Everyday I live with them as I struggle through work and school. The high was great at the time, only lasted like 10 mins and gave you feelings of euphoria and often hallucinations. But I regret it so much now because everyday I notice it. I made a 1050 on my sats before the fact, but now I’m stupid as f*ck, and trying to still make it in life. It hurts your self confidence, it causes so many complications in life, it was definitely not worth it. I hope this helps someone.
sara_recoveredtoolate

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Registered: 04/11/10
Posts: 3
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oh and just in case the negative effects don't scare you off, i was very lucky to not have died, many do die, and to reiterate that, here's some links:
http://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=6281
(one of the most dangerous things to huff)
http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=6861244
(for $30 you can buy a lock unit for your ac)
http://www.digtriad.com/news/local_state/article.aspx?storyid=119368
(17yr old dies from huffing freon)
http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Teen-Dies-After-Huffing-Freon/m3eSPl9NfkCHNRagh5UIWw.cspx
(15yr old dies after huffing freon)
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/thompson-autopsy-rules-death-from-freon-huffing_1036053
(celebrity dies from huffing freon)
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/04/20/Tampabay/Sudden_high__sudden_d.shtml
(16yr old dies from huffing freon)
http://www.jointogether.org/news/yourturn/commentary/2004/huffing-a-lot-to-fume-over.html
(accounts of multiple freon deaths)
corgidaze

Registered: 04/28/09
Posts: 122
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Thank you Sara for telling us your story. I lost my son to huffing freon. Its a hell that no one should have to go through. I wish every day that I could hear his voice or his laugh. He was in college and loved it. He was well like by all his classmates. I went to his would be graduation, all the things people were telling about Jake, there was one thing that almost everyone remembers about his it was his stories.
He loved to tell stories they werent always straight truth. Sometime he would stretch the truth some or even alot, but it never hurt anyone and eveybody seemed to enjoy them. 
I hope some day that the lawenforcement agencies get their heads on straight and do something about the kids that are showing other kids how to do this.   Please if you are in law enforcement please do something about this deadly high... Get the kids that show other kids how to huff freon or for that matter anything  off the streets.   PLEASE for a mother and other parents that have lost children to huffing....

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janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 547
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Sara - Hugs.  Thank you so much for sharing your story.  I'm sure that it will help other people out there that are sniffing chemicals of any type.  How wonderful that you have stopped the inhalant use, and just by your helping others that may be suffering may have a healing effect on yourself as well.  Please do consider getting counseling for the inhalant use to find out what may have led you to self-medicate in the first place.  Thanks again for reaching out to others [smile]

To search for counseling and treatment programs:  http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ 

For a free 12-step support group - Narcotics Anonymous:  http://www.na.org

Alcoholics Anonymous:  http://www.aa.org and one may attend an "open" meeting if doesn't drink.


eirehead74

Registered: 08/30/10
Posts: 4
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WE just lost my 15 year old nephew to huffing freon on July 25, 2010. My sister found him dead in his bed with a plastic bag over his head. So many people are so judgemental and act like it will never be their child. How do we get through to these people? Not my child does not save your children. I would love some feedback.

QueshiaB

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Registered: 06/16/06
Posts: 676
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eirehead74- Sorry to hear about your loss. We will definitely keep you and your family in our hearts and thoughts. 

The question you've asked is something we deal with in trying to reach out and raise awareness to as many people as possible.  Think it's important to keep sharing stories like yours with people to let them know this could happen to anyone in any community.  Which is one reason we set up the message board to help raise awareness of the issue and for people to see what the real conversation is around inhalant abuse. We also have a blog which we allow people who wish to share their personal stories to post. Some examples below:

http://consumer-education.blogspot.com/2009/07/mothers-story-darrell-jeffrey-smith-my.html

http://consumer-education.blogspot.com/2009/11/remember-jacobs-smile.html

This is also the reason we're helping Sgt. Jeff Williams, a parent we work with who has lost a son, develop his People Against Inhalants Network site. By attaching real stories and pictures to the issue, we hope to convey that this could happen to anybody regardless of age, race, geographical location, socioeconomic level, etc.

Thanks for your post and please feel free to contact me if you need anything, or if you'd like to be in touch with others who have gone through what you're going through. My email is Qbradley@consumered.org

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janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 547
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Sending you cyber hugs (((eirehead74)))  I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your beloved nephew.  The ache and devastation that you and your family must feel is unimaginable.  There are so many judgmental people out there that never believe that anything so sad and tragic can happen to their children or in their own town.  With huffing especially, there is no race or socioeconomic barrier as QueshiaB mentioned.

My friend has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other permanent damage from inhalant use at the age of 12, now in her 30s.  We've sent out several letters to school districts and other non-profit organizations about her life-long damage due to huffing.  Perhaps you can write a letter to your nephew's school district or other government or non-profit organizations to warn them about the serious issue of huffing and that it may happen in all regions.

For emotional support, the non-profit organization Compassionate Friends may have a local support group (though Not in place of actual grief counseling).  It is mainly for parents who are grieving the loss of a child, but others close to the loved one may attend, too:  http://www.compassionatefriends.org

Another non-profit that may have a local support group for those that have lost a loved one or friend - GriefShare:  http://www.griefshare.net/findagroup

If you would like, I can email you my friend's message about the permanent damage from huffing, and perhaps you can forward that to your nephew's school district, local place of worship or such.  Please let me know.  Wishing you and your family continued healing.
eirehead74

Registered: 08/30/10
Posts: 4
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http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/gilbert/father-warns-parents-after-son-died-from-%22huffing%22#viewSingle101625629 This is my nephew. I'm so proud of my brother-in-law and sister for trying to educate even through their grief.
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