Is Your Child or Teen Huffing?

Parents of teens need to be especially vigilant about signs of inhalant abuse (huffing), since the abused substances are simple household items and not readily identifiable as drugs of abuse. Signs of inhalant abuse include chemical smells on clothing or breath, slurred speech, loss of appetite, nausea, a drunk or disoriented appearance, pain or stains on skin or clothing, inattentiveness, and … [Read more...]

Diflourathane Toxicology Report


A “Duster” Inhalation Exposure with Drugs Leads to Death   A 23-year-old male patient was brought to the emergency department (ED) by emergency medical services after being found on a train platform unresponsive. A witness had observed the patient inhaling a commercial duster product containing a fluorinated hydrocarbon. The patient was pulseless at the scene and upon arrival to the … [Read more...]

10 dangers of compressed air dusters


There is one critical fact consumers should know about "Canned Air": it isn't air! In fact, it is a mixture of flammable gases with names like difluoroethane, triflorouethane and tetrafluoroethane. A cleaning product commonly used in offices and homes, Canned Air might more accurately be called "Compressed Gas Disseminators" or "Gas Dusters." And it's imperative to understand these gases are not … [Read more...]

What is canned air and why it is deadly.


What is Canned Air? Air dusters are part of a group of household chemicals that are inhaled for a hallucinogenic, mind-altering high. The high is short, which often leads to repeated inhaling of these toxic chemicals. Huffing, as it is often called, is more common among children. The National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted a survey in 1999 that showed more than 19 percent of eighth-grade … [Read more...]