Nitrous oxide cannisters

Alert message sent 10/10/2020 12:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

You may have seen littering the streets little silver cannisters sometimes with balloons.
These are Nitrous Oxide cannisters. If found empty on the streets the chances are these have been used to inhale rather than for the cannisters proper and legal functions.
You may have heard the names Balloons, Nos, Noz, whippits, laughing gas, hippie crack or chargers relating to the cannisters however....
Inhaling Nitrous Oxide is not as the name suggests a laughing matter.
Inhaling straight from the cannister is extremely dangerous as the gas is under such a high pressure. It can cause a spasm of throat muscles and stop a person breathing!
Other effects of Inhaling are severe headaches, dizziness, unconsciousness, suffocation from lack of oxygen, vitamin B12 deficiency which can lead to nerve damage and regular use can stop white blood cells forming properly.

All that doesn't sound 'like a laugh' does it?!

The law- in 2016 nitrous oxide became covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act and is illegal to supply for its psychoactive effect.

More information, help and advice relating to this and any drugs can be found at where there is a useful section of advice for parents and guardians.
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Kerry Wallington-Waite (Police, PCSO Supervisor , Derby South)
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