The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has expressed concern with the abuse/misuse of Nitrous Oxide gas at nightclubs and parties.
The gas which has become the new craze is pumped into balloons and canisters and subsequently inhaled to induce euphoria and laughter thus the name laughing gas.
The FDA in a statement issued by its Chief Executive cautions that the abuse of ‘laughing gas’ can prove harmful to the human body.
“The Authority hereby cautions the public that the misuse of Nitrous Oxide gas is extremely hazardous and includes risks of low blood pressure, heart attack and anaemia.”
“Abusers of Nitrous Oxide gas are also prone to the risk of suffocating and loss of consciousness. Long-term recreational use (abuse) of Nitrous Oxide gas could also compromise the immune system, mental and neurological disorders (hand and foot numbness and limb spasms), depression and incontinence,” the FDA warns.
The Authority has further strongly admonished nightclubs, pubs and party organizers to “desist from the inappropriate use of Nitrous Oxide gas in their facilities.”
“The public is hereby urged to promptly report to the Authority on the abuse of Nitrous Oxide gas.”
“The Authority is collaborating with other relevant stakeholder agencies to address the emerging safety concerns,” the FDA stated.