High Times in Iraq

By Nagognog2 · Nov 30, 2006 · ·
  1. Nagognog2
    Pa. soldier died from 'huffing' in Iraq
    November 30, 2006

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. --A Pennsylvania National Guard soldier found dead in his room in Iraq in March accidentally killed himself by inhaling gases from a container of pressurized air to get high, an Army investigation concluded.

    Frederick Carlson IV, 25, was found unconscious in his room at the base in Taqqadum, near Fallujah, shortly before 6 p.m. March 26, The Morning Call of Allentown wrote in an article published Thursday. The paper got the information from an Army report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Investigators found a can of compressed air near Carlson's bunk and a colleague said he remembered him "huffing" fumes at least once before.

    Huffing -- inhaling the chemicals given off by glue, aerosols and other substances -- replaces oxygen in a person's lungs. It can be fatal when too much oxygen is replaced.

    Carlson, of Bethlehem, served as a cook with the 228th Forward Support Battalion, but guard officials said he volunteered for duty on the rapid-response force, providing security for military convoys.

    "He could have stayed on base, yet he volunteered for dangerous missions outside the wire," said Capt. Cory Angell, a Pennsylvania National Guard spokesman. "It's tragic that he got caught up in using inhalants."

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  1. Alfa
    I would not be amazed if this is only the tip of the iceberg.
  2. Beeker

    FYI besides being the most retarded and harmful 'high' on the planet. If these cans get left in the heat of the summer for days inside a warehouse the fluorocarbons become deadly. Joe six-pack picking up Duster at the Wally world is bad enough for a darwin award but leave that can in the heat for a few days and you'll win the prize.

    This is the lowest of the low highs. If you're using this junk then you are way below rock bottom ... you just want it all to stop.

    I once saw a guy, over a decade ago in college, use this stuff and he hit the floor, pissed himself and deficated ... and then took another jolt. :p That is messed up.
  3. Each Hit
    it's great for killing off those extraneous brain cells

    wouldn't that stuff basically suffocate one's brain??
  4. Nagognog2
    That's what it does. It's the same high one gets when they drown. Anoxia. It's like a choke-hold in a can.
  5. Alfa
    It would be nice to get some additional info on drug use in combat area's. SWIM hears that Dutch smartshops get a lot of orders out of Iraq.
  6. Nicaine
    Not exactly... most inhalants do give a real 'high' (not just oxygen deprivation), but here's the deal -- these chems are strong solvents of fats. Much of the brain is fatty tissue. Therefore, they literally dissolve the brain away gradually.

    Also, many inhalants disrupt the electrical conductivity of the heart in such a way that it's OK normally, but if a person's startled into an adrenaline rush it can trigger a sudden, massive heart attack. This is quite often the cause of death by inhalant abuse.
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