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March 22, 2006

Good Morning America Segment on Computer Dusting Abuse

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Drug High From 'Dusting' is Fatal for One Teen

Kids Inhale Gas From Cans of Computer Dusting Spray to Get High

March 22, 2006 — - David Manlove was everything a parent could wish for -- a happy, healthy boy who loved his family and excelled in sports.

"He was just a great kid," said his father, Kim Manlove. "Warmly affectionate and loved to hug."

But as he got older, the Indianapolis teen began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. His drug use eventually got to a point that his brother, Josh, grew concerned.

"I said to my parents, 'OK, look, you need to do something about this.This is something that goes outside the normal high school experimentation kind of thing,'" Josh told "Good Morning America."

David's parents got David into treatment, and he seemed to respond well -- or so they thought. But David had started "dusting," a drug trend that proved fatal for him.

What Is Dusting?

Dusting is inhaling, or "huffing," pressurized gas from a can of computer dusting spray to get high. Experts say it has grown more popular because it's cheap and readily available.

Kids put the straw from the can into their mouth and inhale as they spray the contents. That spray contains freon, which pushes oxygen out of the lungs and can cause a mini stroke or heart attack.

One in five teens say they have used inhalants by eighth grade. Using inhalants to get high goes by the names of "huffing," "sniffing" or "dusting," depending on what's being used. Common inhalants include glue, correction fluid, paint, shoe polish and gasoline or aerosols sprayed on a cloth.

Dusting, like other inhalant abuse, can be extremely dangerous. When a high-speed car wreck killed three teenage boys in Sacramento, Calif., a dusting can was found in the vehicle.

In Ohio a desperate mother called 911 after she found her son passed out after dusting: "This an emergency. My son has a can of, I don't know what it is. He's blue and he's discolored."

David Manlove's mother, Marissa, said David had probably started using dusters as early as a month after he started treatment for drug abuse.

David was hanging out at a friend's house last summer when Marissa got a frantic phone call.

"Josh and I rushed over to the house," she said. "They were wheeling him on a gurney. They were coming down the driveway, and I noticed that his feet were blue."

David had been dusting and jumped into the swimming pool, trying to intensify the high, but something went terribly wrong. David's body went into cardiac arrest. His first reaction was to inhale, but he took in water instead, said his family.

He was rushed to the hospital, but he couldn't be resuscitated.

"I was trying to think how in the world am I going to tell my husband what just happened?" Marissa said. "You know, it's a blur and yet there are moments forever etched in my memory."

David was gone at only 16, but the Manloves are determined to see that he didn't die in vain. They want to educate other families about the dangers of dusting and, they hope, save lives.

"If this can happen to us, it can happen to you," Marissa said. "It can happen to anyone."

Tips for Parents

March 19 - 25 is National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.

Recognizing Dusting

  • A swollen tongue that almost looks like frostbite. Some kids complain of numbness to their tongue or vocal chords.
  • Blood-shot eyes, looking dazed or disorganized.
  • Kids looking for empty cans, or you may notice cans missing.

How to Confront Your Kids

  • Three main motivators for kids to use drugs: boredom, peer pressure and to escape confrontation.
  • He said you need to figure out and fix the motivating factors.
  • Set limits and enforce them. If your kids are using drugs, you can't leave them alone in the house.
  • Be aware of what's going on, and get support from other parents.
  • Tell kids they can die the first time they try dusting.

For more information, visit the National Inhalants Prevention Coalition 

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My daughter came home from school on Tuesday the 21st, and said the news channel that they watch during school was doing inhalants this week, her and our old neighbor where watching she said the thoughts of Zack came back, and that tragic day. Its funny how my local school district knows how Zack passed, they have DARE, REACH, and have done some other programs, But not once have they asked me to speak.As a parent who has lost a child too this just like you has so much too offer the insight and info. Last year right before National Inhalant week started i mailed out letters to family and friends to let them know i wanted to do something that week i had all the stuff from NICP starter kit. And the sad part is NO ONE responded.No one wanted to address this problem,even local bussiness wouldnt let me put flyers up,the school was even worse.So my local community,schools, family and friend, who knew Zack just turned there backs on this growing problem.I have tried to contact local and state representives, to help me to get my word out there.NOTHING or they take my name and number but never return my call. So how do you get the word out to the Local community. I ran into the gentleman who does the school programs and he said he was going to do something this year, i told him i would be more then willing to speak about inhalants he said the problem is when i do something like this i get such a low turn out its not worth the time! I said when you send the stuff home with the students let them know that i will be speakin not that it would matter but it might help as of this posting i havent heard anything so its save to say that the schools not doing anything.

I watched the good morning america show i was so happy to see that you put your story out there and they did something that the nation would see. As to want a growing problem this is. Between You and Harvey I hope someday me too, will be able to spread the word and keep educating EVERYONE, my thoughts are your family vicki

Posted by: vicki | Mar 23, 2006 8:30:08 AM

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