What is dusting?
Dusting is a rapidly growing way of getting a “buzz” amongst kids ages 9-15. The product is actually called “Dust Off” and you might have a can of it in your home right now. Dust Off is a can of compressed air used to blow the dust off of computers. Sounds innocent enough, right?
Wrong, dead wrong. Along with the compressed air, Dust Off also contains a propellant called R2. R2 is a refrigerant like what is used in your refrigerator. It is a heavy gas. Heavier than air. When inhaled, 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 and to your heart. The “high” usually only last about 10 seconds.
Kids think this is safe and okay as it contains no drugs. Unfortunately, they’re wrong, dead wrong in some cases. 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. ITS 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.”
It can be ingested into the system by spraying it into a baggie then inhaling it out of the baggie (huffing). It is quite commonly sprayed through the narrow straw sold with the product, directly into the mouth or nose. About the only sign you may have other than the can in your child’s room is their complaint of their tongue or nose hurting. This is caused by the propellant causing frostbite.
Kids think this to be very innocent and do not perceive it as dangerous. Please check your child’s room and do not allow them to use this product unsupervised.
Wow, OF, you just scared me. Checking kid’s rooms asap.