Put Purchase Restrictions on Computer Duster(inhalants)

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Tosha Peterson started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

On October 25, 2018 my father died due to an accidental overdose from Difluoroethane (a can of computer duster). 

Huffing canned air can cause an immediate rush of euphoria as well as possible hallucinations and delusions. The effects of huffing may also be paralyzing, interfering with a person’s ability to move normally or even move at all. Dizziness, loss of inhibitions, inability to make sound decisions, and slurred speech are common results of huffing. The huffing “high” generally lasts about 15-30 minutes, Mayo Clinic reports.
Dust-Off can be purchased at any office supply store and is often already in the homes of many, making it easily accessible to children and adolescents, often the main age groups that huff. The National Capitol Poison Center (NCPC) publishes that around 20 percent of 8thgraders report abusing inhalants at some point. Despite the fact that canned air is a common household product, huffing Dust-Off can be deadly in as little as one use.

Immediate Hazards of Huffing

Abusing inhalants can lead to “sudden sniffing death” by causing fatal heart failure even the first time it is tried. Dust-Off disrupts normal heart rhythm, which leads to heart rate irregularities that can be life-threatening. NIDA warns that between 100 and 200 people die every year from a cause related to inhalant abuse. The journal Case Reports in Emergency Medicinereports on several instances where Dust-Off abuse has lead to cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, and increased myocardial sensitization.

Other potential short-term side effects of huffing canned air include:

Trouble breathing
Nausea
Vomiting
Lightheadedness
Chest pain
Disorientation
Loss of motor control and coordination
Drowsiness
Suffocation
Seizures
Asphyxiation
Lack of oxygen to the brain
Loss of consciousness and even coma
Injury related to poor decisions, lack of inhibitions, and increased risk-taking
Since canned air is a refrigerant, it can also cause frostbite of the lips, mouth, and throat when inhaled and abused, ABC News warns. Dust-Off may be a cheap and easy to obtain high; however, the consequences can be dangerous and even deadly.

This 3.99 can of air took a hold of my Dad’s life for 3 years... During his last month of life, he was living in a motel, alone, going to Walmart multiple times a day to purchase computer duster.  We need to put restrictions on this product!  There are restrictions on buying large quantities of pseudoephedrine due to people making methamphethamine, why can’t there be restrictions on computer duster purchases? Or better yet, take it off the market and people can find other means to clean their computers! 

 

 

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