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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    More must be done to raise awareness of the harmful effects of laughing gas, council leaders have said after it emerged that officials are seizing “hauls” of canisters from the streets of England and Wales.

    It was “deeply disturbing” that people widely view nitrous oxide as a safe legal high, the Local Government Association (LGA) said.

    The association, which represents around 400 councils in England and Wales, said local authorities were seizing the gas in large quantities. Hackney council in east London confiscated more than 1,200 canisters on one Saturday night in July outside the pubs and clubs of Shoreditch.

    Inhaling nitrous oxide was not illegal, the LGA said, but council officers seized the cannisters – used to fill balloons with the gas that are sold to users for around £5 – under unauthorised street trading regulations.

    Officials in Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Thames Valley had reported increasing numbers of canisters being found, the LGA said. It raised concerns that images of the internet of children inhaling had served to glamorise it.

    The chemical – taken at nightspots, festivals and parties – was being used by almost half a million young people across the country and had been linked to a number of deaths, the LGA said. Abusing nitrous oxide could lead to oxygen deprivation resulting in loss of blood pressure, fainting and heart attacks.

    “It is deeply disturbing that this drug, which can be highly dangerous, is still widely viewed as safe,” said Katie Hall, chairwoman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board.

    “It is imperative that users understand just how harmful it can be. This gas can kill and much more needs to be done to get this message across.

    “We are particularly concerned about internet pages and uploaded clips which are effectively promoting this as a harmless drug. We are calling on the big internet corporations to step up to the plate and show responsibility by providing health warnings and links to drug awareness charities. It is wholly unacceptable that this craze is being glamorised and encouraged in this way.”


    The Guardian/ August 9, 2014

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/aug/09/warning-over-laughing-gas-misuse

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Comments

  1. RobinWilliams:My Hero
    My buddy's brother was taken to the hospital because he froze his lungs from the expanding gas(whipped cream method).
  2. Alien Sex Fiend
    now that is just dumb. he needs to learn how to use drugs properly before he acquires them. Inhaling Nitrous dangerously lowers oxygen in the blood(because nitrous is a lighter gas and it binds much quicker replacing oxygen) so the brain gets no oxygen which causes fainting. This also causes your heart rate to sky rocket. the high is so short because once you stop inhaling, oxygen binds properly again and you sober up. if you were to inhale pure nitrous oxide from a gas mask device, he would suffocate and die. thats why in a hospital/dentist they mix the solution 40% oxygen and 60% nitrous which is impossible at home without pure oxygen container late stage smokers use
  3. Alfa
    Maybe the nitrous oxide wiki should be updated to include more recent information about N2O dangers.
  4. Dextronautical
    Maybe if they presented warnings in ways that didn't reek of exaggeration and misleading use of information.

    I mean, the current estimates are that it's used by half a million Brits, yet strangely the death toll over the last four decades is stupendously low, and that's if you include deaths resulting from accidents (asphyxiation from things covering face, falling, etc).

    still, how many of these people spouting danger panic stuff think it's fine to have a few pints after work? hmmmm
  5. Alien Sex Fiend
    whats that even supposed to mean? 90% of adults drink once a week or more, and only very few die from it, mostly drunk drivers and alcoholics.

    Thats not the point. Nitrous can be done safely. Not right now, not at home. Thats the point. By chasing an extremely short lived high, people risk passing out and hitting their head, or ones with an unknown heart condition a full blown heart attack. Nitrous also deprives one's body of B vitamins. Drugs-forum is about harm reduction. These are the facts about current dangers of Nitrous
  6. Joe-(5-HTP)
    half a million users

    'linked' to a handful of deaths.

    Not more dangerous than alcohol. Not more dangerous than tobacco.

    Every scaremongering news article is the same. They don't tell you why people take this drug. Why do they do it? What are the effects?

    Do people enjoy taking drugs? This question just cant exist in the irrational mind of anti-drug crusaders.
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