Computer Cleaning Product Is Teens' Latest Drug of Choice

Say What!? 6

computer dust cleanerIf there's anything that will give you pause about the future of humanity, how about the news that teens are putting themselves in danger by "dusting" to get high? And by dusting, I mean inhaling computer dust cleaner. And if you're asking yourself why anyone would do something so stupid, let's clear it right now. For the same reason teenagers do any of the other lame-brained things we media types warn you about: because they're idiots to get high.

Parents, I think we need to talk. Sure, you think your little snowflake is destined for the big leagues. But this little trend does not exactly scream "bright future."

Who in their right mind actually looks at a can of stuff that's used to shoot crumbs and cat hair out of your laptop keyboard and says, "Hmm, I think I'll suck that into my lungs today. As much of it as possible!"

The warnings from the National Institute on Drug Abuse say it's mostly eighth graders. But I'll get more specific than that. I'm betting it's kids with zero common sense. And by that, I mean whose parents haven't taught them that if it's not intended to be ingested -- or inhaled -- it shouldn't be.

Just this week we shared the story of a mom who insisted trees needed to be removed from an elementary school because kids with nut allergies might eat the acorns and suffer some reaction. My suggestion was to actually teach your kids not to eat acorns.

I have to say that stands here too. Maybe you think you only have to talk to your kids about the hard drugs, the illegal stuff like marijuana or heroin. But you need to talk about all the quick highs too. The dusting, the huffing.

We can get all worried about what dusting will do to our kids -- which includes irreparably damaging the heart and sometimes killing them, by the way -- or we could stop raising kids who think it's OK to do things like this. I don't care what you have to do. If you have to scare the every living crap out of them with all the details of what could go wrong if you use these things to get high, so be it.

But please, don't be the parent raising the kid who looks at common everyday items as the next potential high. It doesn't say a lot about the fate of society.

Have you talked to your kids about these kinds of quick highs?


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Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

Dusting is nothing new. I am now 27 y.o and I first learned of it when I was 18. And it's not just a teen thing, I know adults who do it. Huffing has been around for a long time unfortunately. I remember being in middle school and watching kids huff spray paint or glue. I can't really wrap my mind around something that gives you a short lived high with such negative side effects. After reading so much about the bath salts and the huffing and all the other stupid crap kids are doing I almost hope my kids just smoke pot and are happy with that. 

Jennifer Perry Lynch

This is not a new trend.  Using dust off and other household items to get high with has unfortunately being going on with the youth for many years now.  There is over 1,000 different household products that people could use to achieve a mind altering state with pretty easily and a lot of these products we all have in our homes right now!  

Lisa Schneider

We did that 10 years ago. It was called whomping then. This isn't new they add stuff now so that you puke your guts up for about an hour at the slightest taste. Not fun. Trust me.

Ang9403 Ang9403

That is nothing new. I use to do it in high school till I wised up an realized what could happen if I kept doing it.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Yeah, not new.

Still just as stupid as it was 10 years ago. There's nothing you can do to keep everything away from your precious children to keep them safe. Teach common sense and to make the right decisions.

butte... butterflyfreak

I'm with JerseyMama, It's getting to where I'll be happy if all my kid does is smoke weed when she's a teen. She's only 5 now so I have a few years to drill in her brain that it's not "cool" to use household items for anything other than their intended purpose. And you can bet your ass that if I ever see her misusing items to get high, I will tear her a new one! She might think I'm "the best mommy in the whole wide world" right now but I know that will change in a few years, especially if she plays the dumb-ass!

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