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"Dusting"---for you parents out there

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I got this email today and thought I'd share it with you guys. I've never heard about this before :rollin


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 dr*gs. 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 dr*gs 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 dr*gs 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


I have taught in schools about dr*gs. My wife asks all our

kids at

least once a week if they used any dr*gs. Makes them promise

they won't.

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


went down and kissed Kyle goodnight. At 5:30 am the next morning


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


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 dr*gs. 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


you feel dizzy, buzzed. It decreases

the oxygen to your brain, to your

heart. Kyle was right. It can't hurt


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. Roll the dice and

if your number comes up you

die. IT'S NOT AN OVERDOSE . It's Russian

Roulette. 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. As

adults we tend to lump many things

together. But it doesn't fit here.

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



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.


other will only sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I can't


describe how bad she is taking this. I thought we were safe because


Thor. I thought we were safe because we knew about dr*gs and talked


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 dr*g

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, the

school 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



much, except by the kids. They all seem to know about it. April

2nd was

1 month since Kyle died. April 5th would have been his 15th


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


Kyle is in heaven but I can ' t help but wonder If I died and went



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Guest FilmBlazer

Thats very sad... I have know people that used that when I was in High School. Thankfully nobody ever experienced the same result as this poor young man.

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Guest tintgod

I had heard and seen this at a stereo shop I use to work at..on of the installers did it one time when he had been out all night doing dr*gs and came in to work all wired...he come up to me and showed me what he was doing..I just looked at him and told him he was a focking idiot..and walked way.

good heads up for you parents though..keep and eye on your compressed air..and ask you kids about it.

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