UK trade body the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is calling on the UK Government to ban nitrous oxide.
Also known as laughing gas, misuse of nitrous oxide among young people has escalated, to the point where it is now the second most commonly used substance among 16 to 24-year-olds after cannabis.
According to the BCGA, misuse of nitrous oxide can cause permanent damage to the central nervous system, leading to loss of peripheral feeling, motor control and even paralysis. It can also be fatal.
Representing more than 100 companies involved in the supply of industrial, medical, food and gases and related equipment, the BCGA’s Chief Executive Ellen Daniels has written to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, this week calling for the ban.
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