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Making it illegal won’t stop ‘laughing gas’ misuse menace, charities warn

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Norfolk drug charities have warned that making possession of nitrous oxide illegal will not end its dangerous misuse by young people.

Home secretary Priti Patel has said she is ready to “take tough action” after ordering a review into its harmful effects.

It is now the second most used recreational drug by 16-24 year olds with more than half a million – almost one in 10 – reporting having taken the drug in 2019-20.

Mostly through balloons filled from small pressurised canisters, when inhaled it can lead to fits of giggles, hence its nickname ‘laughing gas’.

Calls have been made for better education around the risks of nitrous oxide after a growing trend in the numbers of........

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