Don’t misuse ‘laughing gas’ – FDA cautions public
• Laughing gas is used in some pubs
The public has been cautioned against the misuse of Nitrous Oxide gas also known as ‘laughing gas’ due to its extremely hazardous effects.
Abusers of Nitrous Oxide gas are prone to suffocating and loss of consciousness whilst long-term recreational use (abusers) could also compromise the immune system, cause low blood pressure, heart attack and anaemia.
In a statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ms Delese Mimi Darko, she said the misuse of the ‘laughing gas’ could also cause mental and neurological disorders (hand and foot numbness and limb spasms), depression and incontinence.
The Authority said its attention had been drawn to the abuse or misuse of Nitrous Oxide gas at nightclubs and parties in the forms of balloons and canisters to induce euphoria and laughter.
The FDA has thus strongly admonished nightclubs, pubs and party organisers to desist from the inappropriate use of Nitrous Oxide gas in their facilities. The public is also thereby urged to promptly report to the Authority on the abuse of Nitrous Oxide gas at such facilities.
The Authority has pledged to collaborate with other relevant stakeholder agencies to address the emerging safety concerns.
In the meantime, the FDA assures the public of its commitment in ensuring public health and safety through continuous public education, engagement and sensitisation of the public on the risks of substances of abuse.
According to the FDA, Nitrous Oxide gas is used as a propellent and a preservative in the food industry and as a medical anaesthetic analgesic.
By Spectator Reporter