Rise in use of laughing gas in Carshalton and Coulsdon prompts police warning

Sutton Guardian: Nitrous oxide cannisters Nitrous oxide cannisters

A rise in reports of teenagers inhaling laughing gas in parks and public places has prompted a police warning.

Officers have warned children and their parents against sniffing any small metal cannisters they find in public spaces as these are likely to have been left over by people using laughing gas in the area.

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas and dubbed 'hippy crack' by the Daily Mail, is not a controlled drug and its use is not illegal.

But medical experts have warned against using it recreationally as inhaling large amounts quickly can be fatal as it forces oxygen out of the lungs.

In recent weeks, police have been alerted to several incidents in Stanley Road, Carshalton, and The Mount, Coulsdon.

Police believe the driver of a white car spotted in the Mount has been supplying laughing gas to youths and are keen to speak to the person.

Police were called by a woman who found several small, silver cannisters next to where her car was parked in Sutton yesterday. Officers also responded after a person spotted a driver throw an empty box of nitrous oxide cannisters from the window of a car.

The warning on the box stated: "Do not use for any other purpose. Misuse can be dangerous to your health. Do not inhale."

Inspector Ian Hicks said: "Although it’s not illegal, that doesn’t mean it’s safe to inhale and we would urge children not to put their lives at risk by doing so.

"We would also encourage parents to make themselves aware of the dangers of nitrous oxide and to talk to their children about the risks."

It is illegal in England and Wales for anyone to sell nitrous oxide to children under 18 if they believe the children will be inhaling it.

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8:39pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Krissi says...

and what is it's proper use - though I believe at one time it was an anaesthetic I haven't heard of it being used for any other purpose
and what is it's proper use - though I believe at one time it was an anaesthetic I haven't heard of it being used for any other purpose Krissi
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9:56pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Noddyblanket says...

You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.
You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal. Noddyblanket
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2:38pm Sun 13 Jul 14

whysaythat says...

Krissi wrote:
and what is it's proper use - though I believe at one time it was an anaesthetic I haven't heard of it being used for any other purpose
I believe that the canisters are also used to power a whipped cream wand for cake making. This is the guise used when selling large amounts.
[quote][p][bold]Krissi[/bold] wrote: and what is it's proper use - though I believe at one time it was an anaesthetic I haven't heard of it being used for any other purpose[/p][/quote]I believe that the canisters are also used to power a whipped cream wand for cake making. This is the guise used when selling large amounts. whysaythat
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12:55pm Mon 14 Jul 14

D Hoole says...

Yes, the little cylinders are used in making whipped cream. Domestic and commercial version machines use them I think.
I am using empty ones as 1:32 scale pretend gas cylinders for my model making hobby. I could do with some of the blue ones pictured !
Yes, the little cylinders are used in making whipped cream. Domestic and commercial version machines use them I think. I am using empty ones as 1:32 scale pretend gas cylinders for my model making hobby. I could do with some of the blue ones pictured ! D Hoole
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3:17pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Pawel_Si says...

Noddyblanket wrote:
You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.
Yeah, let's also ban cars because people died in car accidents. Do you really think people will stop use something because it is illegal? ...
[quote][p][bold]Noddyblanket[/bold] wrote: You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.[/p][/quote]Yeah, let's also ban cars because people died in car accidents. Do you really think people will stop use something because it is illegal? ... Pawel_Si
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4:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Noddyblanket says...

Pawel_Si wrote:
Noddyblanket wrote:
You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.
Yeah, let's also ban cars because people died in car accidents. Do you really think people will stop use something because it is illegal? ...
I didn't say I think it will stop the lobs from doing it, but at least if it's illegal they can be told to move their sad lives away from outside where I live sucking on gas and just leaving all the evidence behind for my kids to ask me what they are. If you read back - I didn't say I wanted it to be illegal or that I thought if it was it would stop people anyway. The reason I hope it changes soon is the person who sells it to mugs for ten times more than they paid for it and couldn't care less if their lungs seize up aggravate me slightly but, but hey ho.
[quote][p][bold]Pawel_Si[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noddyblanket[/bold] wrote: You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.[/p][/quote]Yeah, let's also ban cars because people died in car accidents. Do you really think people will stop use something because it is illegal? ...[/p][/quote]I didn't say I think it will stop the lobs from doing it, but at least if it's illegal they can be told to move their sad lives away from outside where I live sucking on gas and just leaving all the evidence behind for my kids to ask me what they are. If you read back - I didn't say I wanted it to be illegal or that I thought if it was it would stop people anyway. The reason I hope it changes soon is the person who sells it to mugs for ten times more than they paid for it and couldn't care less if their lungs seize up aggravate me slightly but, but hey ho. Noddyblanket
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4:25pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Noddyblanket says...

Pawel_Si wrote:
Noddyblanket wrote:
You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.
Yeah, let's also ban cars because people died in car accidents. Do you really think people will stop use something because it is illegal? ...
I didn't say I think it will stop the lobs from doing it, but at least if it's illegal they can be told to move their sad lives away from outside where I live sucking on gas and just leaving all the evidence behind for my kids to ask me what they are. If you read back - I didn't say I wanted it to be illegal or that I thought if it was it would stop people anyway. The reason I hope it changes soon is the person who sells it to mugs for ten times more than they paid for it and couldn't care less if their lungs seize up aggravate me slightly but, but hey ho.
[quote][p][bold]Pawel_Si[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noddyblanket[/bold] wrote: You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.[/p][/quote]Yeah, let's also ban cars because people died in car accidents. Do you really think people will stop use something because it is illegal? ...[/p][/quote]I didn't say I think it will stop the lobs from doing it, but at least if it's illegal they can be told to move their sad lives away from outside where I live sucking on gas and just leaving all the evidence behind for my kids to ask me what they are. If you read back - I didn't say I wanted it to be illegal or that I thought if it was it would stop people anyway. The reason I hope it changes soon is the person who sells it to mugs for ten times more than they paid for it and couldn't care less if their lungs seize up aggravate me slightly but, but hey ho. Noddyblanket
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4:57pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Noddyblanket says...

Pawel_Si wrote:
Noddyblanket wrote:
You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.
Yeah, let's also ban cars because people died in car accidents. Do you really think people will stop use something because it is illegal? ...
I didn't say I think it will stop the lobs from doing it, but at least if it's illegal they can be told to move their sad lives away from outside where I live sucking on gas and just leaving all the evidence behind for my kids to ask me what they are. If you read back - I didn't say I wanted it to be illegal or that I thought if it was it would stop people anyway. The reason I hope it changes soon is the person who sells it to mugs for ten times more than they paid for it and couldn't care less if their lungs seize up aggravate me slightly but, but hey ho.
[quote][p][bold]Pawel_Si[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noddyblanket[/bold] wrote: You're right, it is anaesthetic. Used by doctor and dentists and mixed with oxygen when used. It's illegal to sell but not to take, which I hope changes soon seeing as though a teenager went into a coma and died after using it in London not so long ago and I have read reports about people blacking out after using it and oxygen being forced from lungs and causing a numbing effect, light headedness. The reason I looked into it is tonight I have reported canisters of used gas on the floor outside my local shop, this has been used two nights in a row there and today there are about 12 used canisters. I know it's legal but not something I want strewn around for local kids to start thinking is fine and normal. They could at least put it in the bin that was within arms reach. I suspect it won't be long before it is illegal.[/p][/quote]Yeah, let's also ban cars because people died in car accidents. Do you really think people will stop use something because it is illegal? ...[/p][/quote]I didn't say I think it will stop the lobs from doing it, but at least if it's illegal they can be told to move their sad lives away from outside where I live sucking on gas and just leaving all the evidence behind for my kids to ask me what they are. If you read back - I didn't say I wanted it to be illegal or that I thought if it was it would stop people anyway. The reason I hope it changes soon is the person who sells it to mugs for ten times more than they paid for it and couldn't care less if their lungs seize up aggravate me slightly but, but hey ho. Noddyblanket
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