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May 12, 2004
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I thought I'd share this ..I know some have kids ..some don't ..and some are young (and I certainly hope you don't do this):

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 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 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 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 Hell.


This Officer is asking for everyone who receives this email to send it

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Jul 9, 2005
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You know, I am only 24 and have two kids. That is so scary because we didn't do that kind of crap in high school. I didn't even know about it. It scares me to think what in the world will be going on by the time my kids are in high school. Really scary.


Feb 27, 2005
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wow... thank god i don't do any drugs anymore.

Mar 7, 2005
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oh, wow. how sad.

i used to buy those 3-packs, but it was so expensive and didn't really work, so i stopped. it's so sick how people today could find bad in everything.


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