Police warn parents after drug canisters found

Police warn parents after drug canisters found

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:01am 22nd February 2020.

Dorset police are warning parents after pressurised drug canisters were found.

Police found a large quantity of Nitrous Oxide cannisters in a residential part of Dorchester this week. 

They're warning parents to check the whereabouts of their children after the chemical, also know as laughing gas, was suspected to be used by teenagers. 

The drug is mostly found in pressurised metal canisters and is a colourless gas.

Nitrous oxide is usually inhaled by being transferred from the metal canister to a container, which is usually a balloon, then inhaled from the balloon.

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The gas is normally used as a form pain relief for childbirth and during dentistry. 

It is illegal to sell the drug to under-18s but adults can easily purchase it.

If too much nitrous oxide is taken, there is risk of falling unconscious and/or suffocating from the lack of oxygen. 

Risks include: 

  • Dizziniess 
  • Psychological addiction
  • Stops your body from forming white blood cells properly. 
  • B12 deficiency
  • Anaemia

The ASK FRANK website has good information for spotting signs of drug use and advice for parents. More information here https://crowd.in/CwETFO