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    Read This: Latest Drug in Middle School - 'Dusting'

    Latest Drug in Middle School - 'Dusting'

    First, I'm going to tell you a little about me and my family. My name is
    Jeff. I am a Police Officer for a city which is known nationwide for it's
    crime rate. We have a lot of gangs and drugs. At one point we were # 2 in
    the nation in homicides per capita. I also have a police K-9 named Thor. He
    was certified in drugs and general duty. He retired at 3 years old because
    he was shot in the line of duty.. He lives with us now and I still train
    with him because he likes it. I always liked the fact that there was no way
    to bring drugs into my house. Thor wouldn't allow it. He would tell on you.
    The reason I say this is so you understand that I know about drugs.

    I have taught in schools about drugs. My wife asks all our kids at least
    once a week if they used any drugs.

    I like building computers occasionally and started building a new one in
    February 2005.. I also was working on some of my older computers. They were
    full of dust so on one of my trips to the computer store I bought a 3 pack
    of DUST OFF.Dust Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a
    computer.A few weeks later when I went to use one of them they were all
    used. I talked to my kids and my two sons both said they had used them on
    their computer and messing around with them. I yelled at them for wasting
    the 10 dollars I paid for them.

    On February 28 I went back to the computer store. They didn't have the 3
    pack which I had bought on sale so I bought a single jumbo can of Dust Off.
    I went home and set it down beside my computer.

    On March 1st, I left for work at 10 PM. Just before midnight my wife went
    down and kissed Kyle good-night... At 5:30 am the next morning Kathy went
    downstairs to wake Kyle up for school, before she left for work. He was
    propped up in bed with his legs crossed and his head leaning over. She
    called to him a few times to get up. He didn't move. He would sometimes
    tease her like this and pretend he fell back asleep. He was never easy to
    get up. She went in and shook his arm. He fell over. He was pale white and
    had the straw from the Dust Off can coming out of his mouth. He had the new
    can of Dust Off in his hands. Kyle was dead.

    I am a police officer and I had never heard of this. My wife is a nurse and
    she had never heard of this. We later found out from the coroner, after the
    autopsy, that only the propellant from the can of Dust off was in his
    system.. No other drugs.. Kyle had died between midnight and 1 AM.

    I found out that using Dust Off is being done mostly by kids ages 9 through
    15. They even have a name for it. It's called dusting. A take off from the
    Dust Off name.. It gives them a slight high for about 10 seconds. It makes
    them dizzy. A boy who lives down the street from us showed Kyle how to do
    this about a month before. Kyle showed his best friend... Told him it was
    cool and it couldn't hurt you. It's just compressed air. It can't hurt you.
    His best friend said so.

    Kyle was wrong. It's not just compressed air ... It also contains a
    propellant called R2. It's a refrigerant like what is used in your
    refrigerator.. It is a heavy gas.. Heavier than air. When you inhale it, it
    fills your lungs and keeps the good air, with oxygen, out. That's why you
    feel dizzy, buzzed. It decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart. IT
    KILLS YOU.

    The horrible part about this is there is no warning. There is no level that
    kills you. It's not cumulative or an overdose; it can just go randomly,
    terribly wrong. IT'S NOT AN OVERDOSE . You don't die later. Or not feel good
    and say I've had too much... You usually die as you're breathing it in. If
    not you die within 2 seconds of finishing 'the hit.' That 's why the straw
    was still in Kyle's mouth when he died. Why his eyes were still open. The
    experts want to call this huffing. The kids don't believe its huffing. And
    that's why its more accepted. There is no chemical reaction, no strong
    odor.. It doesn't follow the huffing signals. Kyle complained a few days
    before he died of his tongue hurting. It probably did. The propellant causes
    frostbite. If I had only known.

    It's easy to say hey, it's my life and I'll do what I want .. But it
    isn't... Others are always affected. This has forever changed our family's
    life. I have a hole in my heart and soul that can never be fixed. The pain
    is so immense I can't describe it.. There's nowhere to run from it. I cry
    all the time and I don't ever cry I do what I'm supposed to do but I don't
    really care. My kids are messed up. One won't talk about it. The other will
    only sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I can't even describe how bad
    she is taking this. I thought we were safe because of Thor. I thought we
    were safe because we knew about t drugs and talked to our kids about them.

    After Kyle died another story came out. A probation Officer went to the
    school system next to ours to speak with a student. While there he found a
    student using Dust Off in the bathroom. This student told him about another
    student who also had some in his locker. This is a rather affluent school
    system. They will tell you they don't have a drug problem there. They don't
    even have a dare or plus program there. So rather than tell everyone about
    this 'new' way of getting high they found, they hid it. The probation
    officer told the media after Kyle's death and they, the school, then
    admitted to it. I know that if they would have told the media and I had
    heard, it wouldn't have been in my house.

    We need to get this out of our homes and school computer labs.. Using Dust
    Off isn't new and some 'professionals' do know about. It just isn't talked
    about much, except by the kids. They all seem to know about it. April 2 nd
    was 1 month since Kyle died.. April 5th would have been his 15th birthday.
    And every weekday I catch myself sitting on the living room couch at 2:30 in
    the afternoon and waiting to see him get off the bus.



    I do not know the Officer that had to deal with this, but i felt compelled to pass this on to everyone here. Very Sad!
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    One of my guys checked on a suspicious vehicle one night next to a car wash and the driver was "huffing" the same thing. About a week later he was found dead in his car out of town. All along his route air conditioning lines were found broken. Cororner believed he was cracking open the lines and huffing freon. Who would have thought that?
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    I went on a suspicious vehicle at wal mart a while back and found a guy inside with 10 empty cans of dust off...when he opened the door, the fumes caught me and I almost passed out. I haven't seen him since...but I talked to his girlfriend that night over the phone and I guess the guy had been some kind of an engineer and was quite well off when he started dusting. when I found him, he was penniless and pretty near death. he's probably dead somewhere. I never understood why someone would do that instead of going to a liquor store and getting oiled up on booze to feel numb....
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    We haven't seen this around here yet...well, not that i know of anyway..
    we do have our usual "huffers" that do paint.
    WTF would b so bad in life that you have to turn to this type of stuff? Crazy!
    YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.

    Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
    Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!

    As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked, Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!

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    how ironic this is...i had no clue who wrote this, after reading this to my wife alittle bit ago, she said this officer was just on the "Today's Show" talking about it this morning.
    YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.

    Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
    Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!

    As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked, Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!

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    Wow, very sad story. May Kyle rest in peace.

    I bought a container of compressed air to dust off my computer many years ago, but ended up never bothering to use it. I still have it, but after reading this I think maybe I won't want to use it after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-9max View Post
    We haven't seen this around here yet...well, not that i know of anyway..
    we do have our usual "huffers" that do paint.
    WTF would b so bad in life that you have to turn to this type of stuff? Crazy!
    We had a crash over here a year or so ago where the operator was doing this going down the street. He briefly passed out and went off of the road, striking a pole.
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