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'Laughing gas' canisters found in a Cornish field

'Laughing gas' canisters found in a Cornish field

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:11am 29th November 2019. (Updated at 8:17am 29th November 2019)

Archive photo of laughing gas canisters: Newquay Police

Police have issued a warning as laughing gas canisters are found littering a Cornish field.

The Nitrous Oxide containers were discovered in the Wadebridge area over the weekend.

Officers say breathing it in can cause medical problems or, in extreme cases, be lethal.

"Folllowing a report that a number of Nitrous Oxide canisters had been found on land in the Wadebridge area, Wadebridge Police are warning of the dangers on ingesting the gas this could lead to medical issues and in extreme cases death".

Wadebridge Police

You can see the photo from Wadebridge Police on their Facebook page here.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Talk to Frank describes Nitrous Oxide as a colourless gas that is most commonly found in pressurised metal canisters.

It says people may have seen these metal canisters lying around in streets outside bars and nightclubs.

According to its website, some people say that the gas has a slightly sweet smell and taste.

"It is very dangerous to inhale Nitrous Oxide directly from the canister, and doing it in an enclosed space is also very dangerous. Never place a plastic bag over your head.

"If you take too much Nitrous Oxide you risk falling unconscious and/or suffocating from the lack of oxygen. People have died this way".

Talk to Frank

What are the risks?

  • Dizziness, which might make you act carelessly or dangerously.
  • Heavy regular use of Nitrous Oxide can lead to a deficiency of vitamin B12 and to a form of anaemia. Severe B12 deficiency can lead to serious nerve damage, causing tingling and numbness in the fingers and toes. This can be very painful and make walking difficult.
  • Regular use can stop you forming white blood cells properly.
  • It can be hard to judge the amount to use safely. If you have too much you can end up fainting, having an accident or worse.

You can read more advice from Talk to Frank here.

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