Well it seems that people will find just about anything to try to get messed up these days. Teens are now seeing local computer stores as their pharmacist before a night of partying.
CBS reported on “dusting,” the latest and potentially fatal high for eighth graders that is through inhaling computer dust cleaner that comes in a spray can. The trend has led to some deadly consequences.
One woman, Carly Rousso, 18, was dusting when she allegedly killed another person on a sidewalk with her car this past Labor Day. And a computer dust cleaner was found in Thomas Murphy’s car that killed a woman in September; Murphy pleaded guilty in that incident.
A report by the National Institutes of Health from 2011 said dusting’s biggest abusers were 8th graders. “Buy a can, buy a case and get high,” Dr. Michael Wahl, medical director of the Illinois Poison Center, told WBBR about young peoples’ thought process behind dusting.
“They affect your heart in such a way so that is it more likely to beat irregularly.” Symptoms that a young person is dusting, according to experts, include acting belligerent and dramatic loss of weight.
“He got really thin. I mean, really thin,” said Shawnda Hunt of her 18-year-old son Aaron, who died in 2010 from inhaling propane. She discovered empty cans after her son’s death. “It’s just pointless and dumb,” said Aaron’s brother Jonathan.
From CBS News