This topic hits a little close to home.
A few years ago, I had a friend who was also my roommate, and we worked at the same company. He was an adult but that didn’t stop him when another friend introduced him to the fact that you could get a buzz from inhaling the contents of a Dust-Off can. I was there at the time, declined to try this, and told my friend he was an idiot for doing it. Still, I figured it was a one-time thing and didn’t really think much about it afterwards.
A few weeks later, my friend was found by someone, passed out and drooling. He said he had no idea what had happened. He told everyone, including his family that he visited a doctor who suspected it might be a seizure. However, it wasn’t an isolated incident. I later found him at his desk at work passed out and drooling. Being that our company worked with computers, there was a lot of Dust-Off around, but I didn’t make the connection. It just didn’t occur to me that he would be stupid enough to continue doing it. However, when I found him in the warehouse passed out, with a can of it on the shelf next to him, I started wondering. I went to his desk and there were two empty cans inside. I went to my boss with what I had discovered. We discussed it and both of us thought it must just be coincidence. This was a very intelligent guy who had a great job and great family life. He told us that the doctors were running tests to find out what was wrong with him and seemed genuinly concerned. Surely, he couldn’t be doing this to himself?
A couple of days later, they found him passed out at his mom’s house. His sister called me totally distraught, saying how scary it was that he was having these “seizures”. I asked her what he was doing when he passed out and she replied “He was cleaning the computer”. I told her what I knew and while she didn’t want to believe me, it was hard to deny that every time anyone found him passed out, there was a can of that air around.
The next day, when he showed up for a dinner with his mom and sister, he was surprised to see his entire family sitting there waiting for him. They confronted him and he confessed to having a problem. From what I understand, he did stop after that. I can only assume because we no longer talk. He stopped being my friend after I talked to his family about the situation. And while that saddens me to no end, I still know that I did the right thing.
My point is, I have no doubts that had nobody intervened, he would be dead now. Somehow he wasn’t able to see what he was doing to himself. I know this post is rather long but I think it is important for people to realize that this is a more common problem than one might suspect, and not neccessarily from just a dumb kid.
I have no doubts, after my experience that the information in the OP most likely did occur.