Nitrous Oxide also known as Laughing Gas, has become extremely popular among young people particularly those who are clubbers and party animals.
Because of the dangers related to this particular drug, the UK government is working on banning the disposal and selling of Laughing Gas.
How Dangerous Is This Gas?
In 2013 470,000 people took nitrous oxide, according to the Home Office. It's especially popular with young people, with 7.6% of 16 to 24-year-olds taking it that same year. This was a greater proportion than took cocaine (4.2%) and ecstasy (3.9%).
Young people who take these substances are taking exceptional risks with their health and those who profit from the dealers sale have a complete disregard for the potential consequences.
Effects of laughing gas include feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calmness, dizziness, difficulty in thinking straight and fits of giggles/laughter, sound distortions or even hallucinations.
Regular use can lead to a deficiency in the vitamin B12, if severe can lead to serious nerve damage in some cases, and can also depress formation of white blood cells.
There have been 17 fatalities related to the use of laughing gas in the UK between 2006 and 2012, according to research.
Remember: If someone collapses after using nitrous oxide, call an ambulance immediately! Turn them on to their side to avoid choking and stay with them until the ambulance arrives.
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