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PLEASE READ, THIS COULD SAVE A CHILDS LIFE. Lock Rss

Hi,
I received a email the other day and i really thought that i should make you aware of what i had read. My hubby works with computers and although he had heard of the product he hadnt known about the risks.
Well what i will do is just write what the email says.
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IF YOU HAVE KIDS/KNOW PEOPLE WHO HAVE KIDS, YOU NEED TO READ THIS-
PLEASE read this Australian Police Officers story carefully. You can also verify the story at www.snopes.com/toxins/dustoff.asp
Dust Off (or a variant of the product)is available everywhere theres a computer.

First i am going to tell you a little bit about me and my family. My name is Jeff. I am a police Officer for a city that is known nationwide for its crime rate ( Brisbane). We have alot 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 wouldnt allow it. He would tell 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 occasionlly 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 brought a 3 pack of DUST OFF. Dust Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a computer. A few weeks later 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 i paid for them.

On February 28 i went back to the computer store. They didnt have the 3 pack which i had brought on sale so i bruoght a single jumbo can of Dust Off. I went back home and set it down beside my computer.

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 hes head leaning over. She called to him a few times to get up. He didnt 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 1AM.

I found out that using Dust Off is being done mostly by kids aged 9 through 15. They even have a name for it. Its 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 couldnt hurt you.

Its just compressed air. His best friend said no.

Kyle was wrong. Its 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.
Thats why you feel dizzy, buzzed. It decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart. Kyle was right. It cant hurt you. IT KILLS YOU. The horrible part about this is there is no warning. There is no level that kills you. Its not cumulative or an overdose; it can just go randomly, terribly wrong. Roll the dice and if your number comes up you die. ITS NOT AN OVERDOSE. Its Russian Roulette. You dont die later. Or not feel good and say ive had too much. You usually die as your breathing it in. If not, you die within 2 minutes of finishing "the hit". Thats why the straw was still in kyles mouth when he died. Why his eyes were still open.

The experts want to call this huffing. The kids dont believe its huffing. As adults we tend to lump many things together. But it doesnt fit here. And thats why its more accepted. There is no chemical reaction, no strong odour. It doesnt follow the huffing signals.

Kyle complained a few days before he died of his tongue hurting. It proberly did. The propellant causes frostbite. If i had only known.
Its easy to say hey, its my life and i'll do what i want. But it isn't. Others are always affected. This has 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 dont ever cry. I do what i am suppose 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 all safe because of Thor. I thought we were all 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. So rather than tell everybody about this "new" way of getting high they found, they hid it.

The probation officer told the media about 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 of 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. 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 has gone to heaven but i can't help but wonder if i have died and gone to Hell.

The Officer is asking for everybody who receives this email to forward it to everyone in their address book, even Law Enforcement Officers.
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Well that was the email i was sent and i'm glad to know about it.
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Maddismummy
I often wonder about the authenticity of various emails I recieve.
This one appears to be true :-
visit
http://www.snopes.com/toxins/dustoff.asp
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