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"It just progressed day to day," Jocelyn said. "I lost all motivation to be a regular human being, like getting a job. I would use my car to live in or use in. It progressed to me not talking to those friends anymore. That was a good thing, but I was using instead.

"I feel terrible and embarrassed," she said. "No words can describe how horrible I feet for what I have done to my family and the people who are closest to me. I feel that I can do nothing to repay them for how patient they have been, how understanding and supportive they have been. I feel I am eternally in their debt for saving my life."

"I have had panic attacks before. I can’t even breathe. Getting calls from the police officer — can you pick up your daughter? Or finding her passed out on the floor, or cleaning up her vomit when she has thrown up. I can’t imagine anything worse."

• "Air Duster" contains a propellant. It’s a refrigerant like what is used in your refrigerator. When you inhale it, it fills up your lungs and keeps the good air with oxygen out. It decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart. It kills you.

"At the beginning, the first couple of days were horrible," she said. "It is like withdrawal. You just want it so bad you want to do anything. You have been taught all these tools, but you just want to throw them out the window and use because it is that powerful.

"I try to keep busy when I am not at work," she said. "I had to do 96 hours of community service instead of going to five days of jail. It is always a good thing, even if you are not ordered to do it. It gets your mind off of what you are struggling with. It puts you in a place where you are thinking about someone else. It is like the Golden Rule."

"This is a big deal," he said. "Kids can die from this. I would encourage stores to have their employees be aware that this is a problem. When you have teenage kids come in and they purchase several cans, they should alert the store manager."

"I remember cases where we caught people doing it when they were driving," he said. "They were swerving all over the road. We have had accidents. We had cited some people here in Orem several times for abuse of this intoxicating inhalant. Kids don’t understand.

"On Friday morning, police arrested the man after they noticed him huffing computer dusting spray. He was charged with unlawful use of intoxicating compounds and released. Saturday afternoon police found the man laying in the road after he had been huffing. He was charged with use, sale or delivery of intoxicating compounds. It was a violation of his bond requirement so he was placed in jail."

"Police were called to his house after he grabbed his grandmother’s arm and shoved her into a wall. They found the man ‘sitting on a porch swing,’ wrote he was ‘high-strung, agitates (and) talking but not making sense.’ As officers approached he picked up a can of duster and started huffing from the can. He then fought with the officers."

"Two 20-year-old males were arrested after an inhalant abuse related crash last week. After allegedly inhaling computer duster, the driver lost control of the car and it veered off the road into a parking lot where it struck three cars. The driver was arrested and faces ‘misdemeanor driving under the influence and careless driving charges’ while his passenger was also arrested on ‘suspicion of misdemeanor possession of toxic substances.’ "

"This past July an 18-year-old crashed his car into a natural gas valve, causing the evacuation of 700 residents. Toxicology tests indicated inhalant abuse and he was charged with ‘DUI, illegal use of solvents or inhalants, illegal possession of solvents and inhalants, and duties at stop signs.’ "