Two Paisley councillors have highlighted the dangers of using laughing gas after discarded canisters were found in the Gockston area of Paisley.
Kenny and Mags MacLaren, SNP councillors for Paisley North West were contacted by constituents after canisters for Nitrous Oxide was found lying about in car parks and open spaces.
Nitrous Oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, can cause death as a lack of oxygen can occur when using it. This risk is likely to be greater if the gas is consumed in an enclosed space or if a substantial amount is rapidly used.
According to the drugs information website www.talktofrank.com, Nitrous oxide is a gas with several legitimate uses, but when inhaled it can make people feel euphoric and relaxed. This happy feeling has led to it being nicknamed ‘laughing gas’. Some people also experience hallucinations.
Although nitrous oxide has been legal in the past, since the Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on 26th May 2016, it is now illegal to supply or import nitrous oxide for human consumption.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren said: “A number of our constituents have highlighted to us that there are discarded drug containers lying in open spaces around Gockston”
“A number of constituents were concerned about finding these silver canisters around the local area and expressed their concerns that this may be another drug craze in the local area.
Councillor Mags MacLaren added: “We went around the local area in Gockston and also found quite a few of these canisters. It is clear someone is using quite a lot of this drug and simply discarding the canisters.
“Although it may seem that the effects of this drug are limited, like any drug it could lead to problems if there is sustained long term use.
“It does seem strange though that these canisters are freely available online for catering purposes but are restricted for human use.
Cllr Mags MacLaren and Cllr Kenny MacLaren holding some of the nitrous oxide canisters