The laughing gas ‘craze’ sweeping the UK is spiralling out of control
A new report estimates so-called Hippy Crack is now being used by almost half a million people across the country.
More must be done to raise awareness of the harmful effects of the legal high, council leaders have said after it emerged that officials are seizing “hauls” of cannisters from the streets of England and Wales.
It said that the chemical – which is regularly taken at nightspots, festivals and parties – has been linked to a number of deaths. Abusing nitrous oxide can lead to oxygen deprivation resulting in loss of blood pressure, fainting and even heart attacks.