Don’t misuse ‘laughing gas’ – FDA cautions public

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

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