Police in Renfrewshire have issued a warning after small canisters, containing Nitrous Oxide, have been found discarded in Inchinnan.

Nitrous Oxide, also known commonly as Laughing Gas, is a sweet smelling colourless gas, and if inhaled slows down your brain and your body’s responses, which can cause dizziness, severe headaches and difficulties thinking straight. Risks include falling unconscious or suffocation from lack of oxygen.

Those who use Nitrous Oxide transfer the gas into a receptacle, normally a balloon, then inhale from the balloon. It’s a short acting drug which can lead people to frequently re-dosing and ending up using more than they intended to.

Inhaling Nitrous Oxide directly from the canister is very dangerous because the gas is under such high pressure. It can cause a spasm of the throat muscle and prevents a person breathing from being able to breathe.

Police Scotland said: “If residents see any suspicious activity that they think could be linked to substance misuse, please contact Police on 101.
Further information regarding the risks and effects of Nitrous Oxide can be found on knowthescore.info and talktofrank.com.”

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