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Old 07-23-2010, 05:13 PM   #1
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Refrigerant Gases Are The New Narcotics?


DEA requires the pharmaceutical industry to maintain chain of custody for narcotic drugs.

From what I read, the refrigerant DEA (aka EPA) requires a similar record keeping, such that usage in purchased amount minus the sum of work orders come up reasonably close to remaining balance.

So, is that the case? EPA is counting beans with Freon?
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:01 AM   #2
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DEA requires the pharmaceutical industry to maintain chain of custody for narcotic drugs.

From what I read, the refrigerant DEA (aka EPA) requires a similar record keeping, such that usage in purchased amount minus the sum of work orders come up reasonably close to remaining balance.

So, is that the case? EPA is counting beans with Freon?
Nope.

Not unless your a wholesaler, retailer, or reclaiming company.

Only other records required. Would be for commercial and industrial systems that contain 50 or more pounds of charge.

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Maybe they should. HVAC guys could be getting jacked up on R22 on the job. (Just kidding!)


Off-topic F'd Up True Freon Stories:

In college there was this chick in the apartment building across the street from me who was a "recovering" heroin addict. Notorious for begging everyone on the block for cash to go get her next fix on whatever she could get. One day she missed her spot at the methidone clinic and got the jitters, so she busted a hole in the window unit a/c condenser coil and sucked on the freon to get high. She got high alright, and then fell over the rail from the 4th floor balcony, smacked her head on the rail of the 1st floor landing on the way down. DOA bigtime, guts everywhere, not pretty. My friends and I saw the fall happen. Cops told us what she did with the A/C. We also had a crackhead bust open one of the condensers on my friend's apartment building at 3am for the same thing a few weeks later.
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Re: Refrigerant Gases Are The New Narcotics?


There was a news article some time ago.
They found a service tech dead in his van, with a hose stuck up his nose. From a R22 jug.

Guess he opened the valve a bit too far the last time, and passed out with it feeding gas up his nose. He suffocated.

So some techs do huff.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkT5gJ8PU-0&
Too funny, getting high on R-152a
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Anybody who huffs stuff is an idiot. Period.

I see no humor in it.
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We all do stupid things. But, I hate the thought of getting woozy on that stuff. How about that burnt r-22 in the lungs?
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Re: Refrigerant Gases Are The New Narcotics?


I had a friend years ago who was in the HVAC business who was huffing Freon. He passed out and banged his head on the warehouse floor.

I never thought he'd be the type, but who really ever knows?

Non related story, he had a tumor attached to his optic nerve, had it successfully removed and while in recovery, died from a blood clot that travelled to his heart.

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