Tuesday, October 21, 2014

13-year-old Alabama Girl Dies From Inhalant Abuse

Via WBTV.com

Phil Eudy, of North Carolina and father of 13-year-old Rebecca Eudy, is speaking out against inhalant abuse.  Rebecca died last week after being found in the bathtub of her mother's home in Alabama.  A can of computer duster was nearby.

Mr. Eudy, "wants to tell parents everywhere."  He believes his daughter never intended to die.  That she took a break from watching a movie to take a bath and decided to get a quick "high" by huffing before she got into the bathtub.  Investigators told the family that she probably passed out and drowned in the bathtub.

Eudy says that huffing was something he was not aware of or considered a potential hazard for his daughter.  Eudy wants to help spread awareness and education to other families and urges parents to look for canisters of household products in their child's room, watch for missing items, or to check and see if items have been moved around.

New Zealand Huffing Explosion Leaves Three Suffering From Burns

Via TVNZ.com

A serious huffing incident occurred in the South Auckland area of New Zealand. Two people were hospitalized with serious burns, and a third also received burns. Police say that seven people were huffing gasoline in a back shed.  Neighbors heard a "whoosing" sound and then saw flames coming from the back of the property.  The neighbors reported a smell of plastic after the fire started.

Papakura Police state, "We've come to the address and found a premises which bears sort of all the signs potentially a huffing incident that's kind of gone wrong."

Monday, October 13, 2014

"The Patriot" Star Dies in Probable Huffing Incident

Via TMZ.com

Actress, Skye McCole Bartusiak, who played Mel Gibson's daughter in "The Patriot" passed away in July 2014.    Tests revealed today show that the 21-year-old actress had muscle relaxers, painkillers, and a chemical refrigerant difluoroethane in her system at the time of death.  "Difluoroethane is a colorless gas used as a refrigerant, something huffed to get high."   Her death has been ruled an accidental overdose.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Michigan Man Arrested for Inhaling Intoxicants After More Than 50 Duster Cans Found

Via The Daily Post- Athenian 

A 38-year-old Michigan man was arrested on charges of simple assault and inhaling intoxicants.

Police responded to a motel where the clerk told them two people had been staying in a room for the past several days "yelling and banging on the walls".    When the clerk went to check on the noise no one answer.  He then opened the door and the man reportedly, "charged him, striking the victim several times in the face."   The police officer entered the room and saw the man lying on the bed with a can of computer duster between his legs, apparently trying to hide it.   Police also noticed 15 more empty cans on the floor.  When asked what happened, the man's reply was that he "was huffing on the can of dust spray is probably what happened."

As the man was being handcuffed he reached on the table, grabbed a can, and attempted to huff it. After placing the man into the patrol car, the police found five more empty cans in a small garbage bag and 30 more empty cans in a pillow case.  The man admitted that he and a woman, "had been huffing from them the past several days and that 'he stole a few of the cans from Walmart.'"

Fatal New Jersey Crash Linked to Inhalant Abuse

Via NorthJersey.com

A 48-year-old New Jersey man who was charged with running his pickup truck through a farmers market and dragging a woman to her death in August is now facing additional charges of driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

Police received the results of toxicology tests from the state police laboratory.  The man has been held on a $200,000 bail since the day of the accident, August 10th.  It was on this day that his truck crashed through a police barricade set up on the street of the market.  His truck slammed through at least three stalls belonging to six vendors, all who were just starting to pack up their merchandise after the market closed.  His truck also dragged a 58-year-old woman to her death.

California Restaurant Suspects Vandalism Due to Huffing

Via The Press Enterprise

A California restaurant owner discovered vandalism to his restaurant may have been caused by those looking to get high.

The restaurant owner, who had just opened his restaurant two weeks earlier, noticed that his restaurant seemed unusually warm one morning.  The owners discovered that someone had snipped an air-conditioner copper line that carried a refrigerant fluid.  The restaurant had to close for most of the day costing the owners $1,000 in sales and $400 in repairs.

Two days later the line was cut again.  The owner originally thought the pipe has been cut for metal theft, but wondered why the pipe had not been taken.  However, the manager of the air conditioning repair company offered a more plausible motive: huffing.  "They will huff the refrigerant to get high," the air conditioning company manager said.   The restaurant owner had a steal cage installed over his unit to help prevent further incidents.

Wyoming Crash That Killed 2 Linked to Inhalant Abuse

Via Billings Gazette

Police in Wyoming found evidence of drug and inhalant use in a car that had crashed into the Wyoming Medical Center last month.  During the accident two passengers, both 27 years of age, were killed and the driver, 16 or 17 years-old,  was injured.

A search of the car found a brass pipe that contained residue that smelled like marijuana and also a can of computer duster was found on the driver's floorboard.

South Carolina Woman Neglects Elderly Mother to Huff Spray Paint

Via Fox Carolina

A 58-year-old South Carolina woman is being charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult after her mother wandered from the house while the woman huffed spray paint.  Police were called to the family's home by a neighbor who found the 78-year-old mother in a ditch in his front yard without any clothes on.  The neighbor did not initially get a pulse so he called 911.  The daughter did not come to the door at first, but later answered.  When told that her mother was outside, the woman said "OK" and then closed the door.  She came outside a short while later, but did not appear upset about her mother's condition and she also had a visible discolored ring around her lip.  Police had trouble getting her mother's medical information from the daughter before transporting her to the hospital.

Police say the woman cares for her mother, who is in the advanced stages of dementia.   When police entered the home they could smell a strong odor of paint that was overpowering in the kitchen area.  Police say they saw a can of spray paint on the counter and another in the trash.   The woman struggled to give responses to the police and appeared tired during their conversation.  She was later charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult.

Pennsylvania Woman Faces Child Endangerment and Inhaling Toxic Substances Charges in Huffing Related Incident

Via PennLive.com 

A 22-year-old Pennsylvania mother is facing felony child endangerment charges and a misdemeanor count of smelling/inhaling toxic substances.

Police responded to a compliant that the woman was possibly intoxicated on solvent.  When officers arrived, the woman was described at "completely incapacitated".  Police say the mother was inhaling a can of computer duster while giving her 3-year-old son a bath.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pennsylvania Man Huffing and Driving

Via Bradford Today

A 19-year-old, Pennsylvania man is facing a reckless endangerment charge after huffing while driving and crashing into a tree.  Police say the man was huffing before losing control of his car and running into a tree.  Both the man and his passenger has to be treated for injuries.  The man is facing a reckless endangerment charge.

New Jersey Woman Arrested Again for Huffing

Via NJ.com

A 29-year-old New Jersey was arrested for disorderly conduct, shoplifting, inhaling toxic chemicals, and being under the influence.   The woman repeatedly inhaled computer duster spray.  Police responded to a local Walmart for a report that a woman was lying on the ground. Police found the woman in the parking lot.  Witnesses said they saw the woman huffing from the duster before falling to the ground.  The woman tried to huff from the duster again but someone pulled the can from her hands.  She was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Later that evening officers were called back to Walmart on a call of a woman stumbling around and lying in the grass.  Officers found the same woman and determined that she was under the influence of dusters again.  She was taken to the hospital for treatment and officers notified crisis intervention in an attempt to protect her from harming herself.  The woman is facing two counts of disorderly conduct, shoplifting, inhaling toxic chemicals, and being under the influence.

The woman had a similar arrest in June 2014 after a day of huffing related incidents.  View the June 2014 post here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Michigan Man Arrested After Huffing and Crashing into Police Car

Via The Blade 
A 34-year-old Michigan man was arrested after crashing his car into a police car while huffing dusters. 
Police responded to a report of a man huffing from an computer duster can in the parking lot of a local grocery store.  An officer located the man's car after a caller told police the man had left the grocery parking lot. The police officer saw the man in the driver's seat huffing from the can.  "The man then slumped over the wheel inside his locked car and didn't respond to the officer."  
The officer broke a rear window, but the suspect woke up and backed his car up into the front of the police car.  The man then put the car in drive and tried to flee the area.  The police officer was able to break the driver's side window and turn off the man's car.  Police found multiple empty computer duster cans.  The man was arrest on felonious assault and malicious destruction of police property. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Florida Man Arrested For Inhaling Harmful Chemicals

Via The Independent Alligator

A Florida man was arrested after police saw him passed out in his car with a can of computer duster. Police responded to a call regarding a man huffing computer duster and when officers arrived they found the man, "passed out in his vehicle, clutching a can of [duster] to his chest."  The man told police he had been, "huffing since the sun was up."  Officers found about 50 cans of duster in his car, most of which were empty.  The man was arrested on charges of inhaling harmful chemicals.

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Huffing

Via Penn Live 

A 38-year-old, Pennsylvania man was arrested after police said he was caught huffing computer dusters.  The man was spotted by police, and police said, "they planned to charge him with the illegal sale or use of solvents/noxious substances."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Arkansas Man Arrested in Deadly Huffing Accident

Via Fox16.com 

A 22 year-old, Fayetteville man was arrested in connection to a deadly 2013 car accident.  According to investigators the man was huffing computer dusters when he crashed his car in January of 2013.  His passenger was ejected from the car and killed in the crash.

A blood test revealed the man also had, "the prescription drugs Oxycodone and Alprazolam in his system at the time, as well as trace amounts of marijuana."   The man faces a charge of manslaughter and is currently out of jail on bond.