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Sept. 29 - A growing fad has some Kansas schools taking action. More and more students are using a common product to get high, sometimes with dangerous consequences. Now teachers and parents are acting to stop the problem.
Thursday was Parent-Teacher Conference Day at Maize South Middle School, but parents are hearing more than just about grades. They're getting a warning about a deadly practice called dusting. Some kids are inhaling compressed air used to clean computers. It's an addictive and dangerous activity.
The Maize school district is handing brochures warning parents about dusting and other dangerous things kids are doing. Kids as young as 10-years-old are abusing compressed air.
Inhaling the compressed gas can cause brain damage and heart failure, and even death. To find out if your kids are dusting, look for warning signs. Failing grades, spots or sores around the mouth, red or runny eyes and nose and chemical odor on the breath are all symptoms of abuse.
Maize isn't the only school warning parents about dusting. Wichita Collegiate's counselors are also talking to their middle school kids about the dangers of this growing problem.