Laughing Gas - No laughing matter

Laughing Gas - No Laughing Matter

Laughing Gas is also referred to as NOS, Nitrous Oxides and Balloons

Inhaling laughing gas can be dangerous and can cause fainting, heart attack or nerve damage with the risks increased when mixed with alcohol or other drugs. Prolonged use of the drug can cause a range of long-term health problems, such as anaemia and serious nerve damage, sometimes leading to numbness in the fingers and toes.

Alongside the dangers to users of the drug, there is also an issue with the litter caused by discarded canisters and the risk this poses to animals and the environment.

Laughing Gas is also covered by the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act, which means it’s illegal to give away or sell for recreational purposes. Supply and production can get you up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

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Signs have been produced by Rotherham Council, South Yorkshire Police and other partners warning of the dangers of using the canisters and the offences committed in supplying these for human consumption. It is hoped that the signs will discourage people who may be considering using nitrous oxide and serve as a warning to anyone who intends to supply.

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