Discarded cartridges of the illegal substance nitrous oxide [ a.k.a. laughing gas] have been discovered littering a street-side gutter at the junction of Ludlow St and Glebe St Penarth.
The gas [N2O] is being increasingly used by clubbing teenagers who inhale it to give themselves what used to be called a “legal high” – but in fact the misuse of the gas was banned by law in 2016 .
The small compressed-gas containers are legally produced for the food industry – where they are used in whipped-cream machines – but they are an “age-restricted” item and cannot be legally purchased by anyone below the age of 18.
The presence of the discarded cartridges on the streets of Penarth is evidence of increasing practice of substance abuse in the town . In the UK it’s estimated that 500,000 young people are now using the gas at “nightspots, festivals, and parties”.
The effects of the gas are listed as “Intoxication, Euphoria/Dysphoria, Spatial Disorientation, Temporal Disorientation, Reduced pain sensitivity and muscular spasms”. As the gas isn’t metabolised when breathed-in – it remains potent even when someone who has inhaled it breathes it out – as it then affects other people nearby.
Each charger – when new- contains 8 grammes of liquid nitrous oxide. The discovery of these items in Penarth is a further indication of substance abuse in the town and is being linked to other anti-social behaviour.
Since this item was first posted this morning a number of PDN readers have posted comments detailing further discoveries of these items in Penarth – indicating that the problem is growing.
Meanwhile the Daily Mail has today published a video showing a youth driving a car on the motorway whilst inhaling nitrous oxide from a balloon ( See http://tinyurl.com/y9ucvr5d )