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Subject: FW: Dust Off this is serious

First I'm going to tell you a little about me and my family. My name is
Jeff Williams. I am a Police Officer for Cleveland which is known
nationwide for its 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 helikes 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. Makes them
promise they wont.

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

On March 1st, I left for work at 10 PM. Just before midnight my wife went
down and kissed Kyle goodnight. 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. Its just compressed air. It can't
hurt you. His best friend said no.

Kyle was wrong. It's not just compressed air. It also contains a
propellant called R2. Its 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.
Kyle was right. It can't hurt you. 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. 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 it's
huffing. As adults we tend to lump many things together. But it doesn't
fit here. And that's why it's 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 effected. 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 whatI'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 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 2nd 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
know Kyle is in heaven but I can't help but wonder If I died and went to


This Officer is asking for everyone who receives this email to forward it
to everyone in their address book, even Law Enforcement Officers.

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Guys, you know how this sounds like a regular internet hoax.... well, according to Snopes, this one is actually 100% true!
"Origins: While many of the Internet-circulated tales of tragedy prove either to be baseless scaremongering or vastly overblown accounts that contain only a small shred of truth, this one, unfortunately, checks out in every respect."

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Yep, I had read that before, it was sent to us in an email. It is very sad to think that we have to read about such tragedies, but it is a wake up call to all parents that our children are so vulnerable and it is normal household items that need to be locked away.

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Originally posted by Kallie/Catcher's Mom@Aug 18 2005, 06:58 AM
Guys, you know how this sounds like a regular internet hoax.... well, according to Snopes, this one is actually 100% true!
"Origins:  While many of the Internet-circulated tales of tragedy prove either to be baseless scaremongering or vastly overblown accounts that contain only a small shred of truth, this one,  unfortunately, checks out in every respect."
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yeah, I'd done some research before I posted it- - - including and could not find any evidence that this information is a hoax.

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Originally posted by Kallie/Catcher's Mom@Aug 18 2005, 05:58 AM
Guys, you know how this sounds like a regular internet hoax.... well, according to Snopes, this one is actually 100% true!
<div align="right">index.php?act=findpost&pid=91690

.... it didn't sound like a hoax to me. i know people in my school do stuff like that.

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You know, I like to think I am in touch with what kids are doing today...I know what I did when I was a teen and I hope to be more saavy than my parents....but lately I've been reading about a few things like this that are on the rise. One is a game that kids play called pass out. They either hold their breath or worse, put a bag over their heads or hands around their throats until they pass out. The point of the game is to see who can do it longest without passing out. Another thing that is on the rise...cough syrup abuse. Not only are kids taking prescription cough syrup with codine, but also regular old off the store shelf kind. Another thing kids are doing, using sudafed to get "high" because it gives them a rush if they take 4 or 6 pills at a time. The ease with which kids and teens can purchase over the counter medications is alarming. Many cough syrups have alcohol. It is not only illegal drugs that are a's also what we may have in our medicine cabinets. Thanks for posting this info on "dusting". The more we are aware, the more we know what to look out for. Communication is key...know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing.
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