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August 11, 2005, 11:58 AM

I checked the validity of the following message online. I thought it was
worth sending along. If you have children or grandchildren,
PLEASE read this officer's story carefully. You can also verify the
story at http://www.snopes.com/toxins/dustoff.asp

Dust Off (or a variant of the product) is available everywhere there's a
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 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 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. 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 computer.
On March 1st, I left for work at 10 p.m. Just before midnight my wife
went down and kissed Kyle goodnight.
At 5:30 a.m. 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 a.m.
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 no.
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. 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 your
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
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, its 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 cant 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 cant help but wonder if I died and
went to Hell.
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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