Sorry. It appears to have taken me several centuries to become aware of the fact that occasionally laughing gas (or Nitrous Oxide) is used for recreational purposes.
It is always a huge disappointment to me that I am so totally unaware and always have been of what the “cool” crowd are doing regarding the latest drug habit of choice. Apparently inhaling this gas at parties via balloons or at festivals (where it is seemingly openly sold although it is illegal) is on the increase and everyone I have subsequently spoken to seems to know about it.
Everyone I’ve talked to (the younger lot) seem to be pretty relaxed about it – it gives you a quick head rush high and makes you laugh your head off and isn’t going to do any long lasting damage.
Is that true?
Even though a few days ago I heard about a friend of a friend who has a 17 year old son in hospital who inhaled too much of the gas and subsequently had four heart attacks. He is still in a very bad way in hospital and things are not looking too hopeful for him.*
Would I be scare mongering to share this story when his parents have posted details on Facebook and asked kids to pass on the message? They want everyone to know that this drug can cause strokes, hallucinations, seizures, blackouts, incontinence and put a huge stress on the heart.
It was apparently what put Demi Moore in hospital with a seizure after taking too much of it, post her young husband’s defection.
Anybody else know anything about how rife it is and whether we should all, as parents be a little bit more concerned that the drug is readily sold and easily accessible for approximately £1.50 a balloon full?
* He very sadly died yesterday 27/9/12.