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  1. BlueMystic
    http://www.thekcrachannel.com/news/4749074/detail.html


    'Dusting' Gives Teens Cheap High
    Young People Inhaling Compressed Air



    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A common cleaning product has become the inhalant of choice for a growing number of teens.

    Teens once inhaled nitrous oxide from cans of whipped cream, but now many are inhaling compressed air from cans of computer dusting products and the results can be deadly.

    The practice is called "dusting."

    Ben Goudberg, 15, of Roseville, said he tried it once and regretted it.

    "I couldn't move for three to four minutes. I was staring at the door thinking I wanted to get up and touch it, but I couldn't do anything. It was one of the scariest feelings in the world," Goudberg said.

    Goudberg survived his "dusting" experience, but his brother did not.

    Last summer, 17-year-old Nicolas Goudberg and two other Jesuit High School students were killed in a car crash. A can of compressed air was found inside the vehicle and authorities said a chemical consistent with the computer cleaner "Dust Off" was found in the bloodstream of one of the teens.

    "There's a likelihood because a can was found empty that they all had been sharing or had been using prior," Goudberg's father, Frits Goudberg, said.

    Jon Daily, a drug counselor with New Directions in Sacramento, said he's treated a few dusting addicts.

    "This is the inhalant of choice for young people nowadays," Daily said. "I had a kid who had been using it and had repeated nose bleeds. He had to see his doctor and get part of his nose cauterized."

    Inhaling the chemicals can give a feeling of euphoria for a few minutes.

    In some cases it can result in paralysis, slurred speech, a staggered walk, permanent brain damage, and even death.

    Experts said teens like it because it's cheap, easy to buy and hard to detect.

    "No smell ... no trail ... no ashes," Ben Goudberg said.

    To combat the problem, retailers such as Wal-Mart, Office Depot and Staples have made it more difficult for teens to get their hands on compressed air products. At Staples, customers must be at least 18 to purchase Dust Off or similar products.

    Falcon, the maker of Dust Off, is also taking action by placing warning labels on the top if its cans.

    "Clearly the stores and the manufacture of this product know it's a product that's being abused by young people today," Daily said.

    It is estimated that as many as 150 American teens and young adults die each use from abusing aerosol inhalants.

    It seems American teens are not the only ones getting hooked on dusting. British scientists are currently experimenting with adding bittering chemicals to aerosols and compressed air products, as well as to glue, paint and gasoline.

Comments

  1. unico_walker
    Turn the can upside down and you can spray out a stream of freezing fluid. Great fun for killing roaches[​IMG].
  2. BrugmansiaBrujo
    Gee, maybe if they'd make pot legal, all these kids wouldn't have to go to such extremes to get high.



    No, the real solution to the problem is to make all aerosol products
    controlled substances, then create a whole new government agency to
    police these new evils[​IMG]
  3. blindpanda_eric
    A few people in the school I go to got caught for it. The next
    day we had a big drug assembly and shit... it sucked. One of my
    friends tried to get me to try it, and I told him he was a fukin
    idiot. Risk death to get a SHITTY high, yea I'm gonna do
    that. I'd rather smoke weed.
  4. unico_walker
    Anyone see 20/20 last night? They had this whole thing on kids suffocating themselves to get high and accidentally hanging themselves. News flash altering human consiousness is a human drive!! So when no drugs are avaliable people will do anything, even deprive themselves of oxygen.
  5. blindpanda_eric
    unico, i saw that!!! I actually had thought of it in the past,
    holding my breath for awhile, then I thought about it again and
    realised how dumb it was. I was amazed to see that people
    actually did that.
  6. BrugmansiaBrujo
    Save your breath holdin' for when you are snorkel diving.



    Or maybe for while you are crawling out of a room police flooded with tear gas.
  7. greenman420
    Man there's all kinds of ways to get high.





    I remember my mom telling me that back in her days, people used to inject penut butter, lol. Dunno if that's really true, but yeah people go to such extremes if they really want to. So what next, make paint, and glue illegal as well? People sniff that shit all the time and get a high as well.
  8. blindpanda_eric
    I believe sniffing(witht he intent to get high) paint/glue is illegal?
  9. PenguinPhreak
    The sad thing is people don't tend to see that these types of issues
    are completely the fault of prohibition. If drugs were more readily
    available, why would any take such a masssive risk for so little
    reward? I amazes me that people continue to believe that prohibition is
    the answer and not the problem...
  10. Cure20
    What exactly are the chems. in there "Dust Off" cans that these kids are getting high off?
  11. Nature Boy
    I'll never understand people who take inhalants.
  12. PenguinPhreak
    The majority of "compressed air" products are diofluoroethane (hopefully spelled right)
  13. Nicaine
    This has really gone beyond ridiculous. What's next to add to the "18 and over" list? Mouthwash? Sugar?

    I agree, the whole prohibition thing is the direct cause of this problem. There is no other cause. And the way society is dealing with the effects is just beyond insane. It's mentally retarded. And it continues to cause more unnecessary deaths. [​IMG] Edited by: Nicaine
  14. Cure20
    DIFLUOROETHANE





    Human Health Effects:








    Human Toxicity Excerpts:


    EARLY ... HUMAN EXPERIENCE INDICATED THAT HIGH VAPOR CONCN (EG, 20%) MAY CAUSE CONFUSION, PULMONARY IRRITATION, TREMORS & RARELY COMA, BUT THAT THESE EFFECTS WERE GENERALLY TRANSIENT & WITHOUT LATE SEQUELAE. ... CAUSE OF DEATH /FROM ABUSE OF FLUOROCARBONS/ IS IN CONSIDERABLE DOUBT. FREEZING OF AIRWAY SOFT TISSUES CAN PROBABLY BE ELIMINATED AS A CAUSE OF DEATH EXCEPT IN CASES WHERE THE PRODUCT WAS SPRAYED DIRECTLY INTO THE MOUTH FROM ITS CONTAINER OR FROM A BALLOON CONTAINING SOME LIQUID. LARYNGEAL SPASM OR EDEMA, OXYGEN DISPLACEMENT, OR SENSITIZATION OF MYOCARDIUM TO ENDOGENOUS CATECHOLAMINES WITH SUBSEQUENT VENTRICULAR FIBRILLATION APPEAR TO BE REASONABLE POSSIBILITIES. /FLUOROCARBON REFRIGERANTS & PROPELLANTS/
    <CODE><NOINDEX>[Gosselin, R.E., R.P. Smith, H.C. Hodge. Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products. 5th ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1984., p. II-159]**PEER REVIEWED**</NOINDEX></CODE>



    Lightheadedness and altered consciousness may occur at levels above 5% to 15%. A study of refrigerator repairmen intermittently exposed to fluorocarbons revealed an increased incidence of palpitations and lightheadedness compared with a control group. There was no detectable neurologic impairment or electroneurophysiological abnormality observed. /Fluorocarbons/
    <CODE><NOINDEX>[Ellenhorn, M.J. and D.G. Barceloux. Medical Toxicology - Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Poisoning. New York, NY: Elsevier Science Publishing Co., Inc. 1988., p. 884]**PEER REVIEWED**</NOINDEX></CODE>






    Skin, Eye and Respiratory Irritations:


    Vapor: irritating to eyes, nose and throat.
    <CODE><NOINDEX>[U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Transportation. CHRIS - Hazardous Chemical Data. Volume II. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1984-5., p. ]**PEER REVIEWED**</NOINDEX></CODE>






    Drug Warnings:


    Food and Environmental Agents: Effect on Breast-Feeding: Reported Sign or Symptom in Infant or Effect on Lactation: Fluorides: None. /from Table 7/
    <CODE><NOINDEX>[Report of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs in Pediatrics 93 (1): 142 (1994)]**PEER REVIEWED**</NOINDEX></CODE>






    Probable Routes of Human Exposure:


    NIOSH (NOES Survey 1981-1983) has statistically estimated that 10,228 workers (2,528 of these are female) are potentially exposed to 1,1-difluoroethane in the US(1). Occupational exposure may be through inhalation and dermal contact with this compound at workplaces where 1,1-difluoroethane is produced or used(SRC).
    <CODE><NOINDEX>[(1) NIOSH; National Occupational Exposure Survey (NOES) (1983)]**PEER REVIEWED**</NOINDEX></CODE>
  15. FrankenChrist
    Yeah, even small kids spin rounds on the playground or on the swing just to feel funny.

    It's human. fucking. nature.
  16. antigenesis


    Fuckin seriously... Legalize weed, so people go out and smoke and maybe</span>
    be lazy for a few hours, or have people get desperate, go huff some
    random shit and DIE. This shit gets me so damn pissed off!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  17. psyvision2000
    i used to be hooked on lsd and nitrous oxide. i loved how i got me close to oneness and i could see and feel energy. but then i tried computer cleaner and gave me really bad headches afterwards. dont do the cleaner if ya have to use nitrous oxide.
  18. JewishNazi
    Its about time they took such dangerous chemicals out of the hands of idiots.



    Im glad they got marijuana when they did, could you imagine how many people would have died [​IMG]
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