Navigation Links
Laughing Gas Taken by 350,000 Young People Last Year - Drug Survey Shows Shift From Illegal to Legal Drugs
Date:7/25/2013

LONDON, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The Crime Survey (for England and Wales) released today shows a "worrying trend" from illegal to legal drugs, says legal highs charity, Angelus. Although the fall in the use of drugs like cocaine and ecstasy are welcome, there have been dramatic rises in the use of legal drugs such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and salvia (a powerful hallucinogenic herb).

The Angelus Foundation website says, "The major risk of harm from N2O derives from its strong intoxicating effects and loss of bodily control. The risk of physical injury is ever present if that person is already intoxicated by other substances, if it is taken when standing up or after several doses. N2O is not a risk free substance. Exposure to large amounts starves oxygen to the body and can cause brain damage. Daily use will lead to a level of dependence."

The UN Office and Drugs and Crime last month estimated the numbers of young people in UK (aged 15-24) who have taken a legal high as 670,000 - by far the highest in Europe.

The founder of Angelus, Maryon Stewart, said: "These figures look initially encouraging but they mask a worrying trend. There is an under current shift of drug taking from illegal substances to legal ones. There is a rapidly expanding headshop market and we know that festivals are strewn with nitrous oxide canisters. These are not harmless drugs particularly taken with alcohol. They work by starving the brain of oxygen and can cause brain damage. Young people are taking massive risks with these substances - they can buy these drugs easier than they can buy beer."

Notes to Editors:

  1. Maryon Stewart lost her daughter, Hester, to GBL in 2009 and established the Angelus Foundation. It is the only drugs charity dedicated to combating legal highs and club drugs and launched a national campaign in October including the website http://www.whynotfindout.org. There is also a site for families http://www.angelusfoundation.com.
  2. The Crime Survey for England and Wales showed more than 350,000 young people have used or the laughing gas nitrous oxide in the past year (6 percent of all 16- to 24-year-olds). There were declining trends for cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy.
  3. Nitrous Oxide is a non-flammable gas, which is used medically as a mild analgesic and as a general anaesthetic. Once inhaled it works by giving a 'dissociative' or out of body effect.  It has strong, short-term intoxicating effects. Exposure to large amounts starves oxygen to the body and can cause brain damage. N2O is a pharmacy only medicine, meaning that it can only be supplied by a pharmacist. There are licensed products available, which provide medical supplies of nitrous oxide in large cylinders for use in a healthcare environment. It is also supplied legally to the catering industry for use in whipping cream.  
  4. The UN Office and Drugs and Crime last month estimated the numbers of young people in UK (aged 15-24) who have taken a legal high as 670,000 (or 8.2 percent) - the highest in Europe.

 


'/>"/>
SOURCE Angelus Foundation
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Researchers Developing New Multiple Sclerosis Drug That Can Be Taken Orally
2. New PrEP Trial Results Among Injecting Drug Users Underscore That PrEP Works When Taken Consistently
3. Young Innovations, Inc. Announces Record Sales and EPS for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2012
4. Young Innovations, Inc. Board Of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend
5. Dr. Phillip Chan Named Finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2012 Award in New Jersey
6. Masimo CEO Joe Kiani Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
7. GHX CEO Bruce Johnson Recognized as Ernst & Young Rocky Mountain Region Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
8. MedAvante Honored By Ernst & Young LLP and Red Herring
9. Young Innovations, Inc. Provides 2nd Quarter Conference Call Details
10. Young Innovations, Inc. Board of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend
11. Unprecedented Study shows Berlin Heart device provides life-saving "bridge" for young children and babies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 ... "Patient Handling Equipment Market by Product (Wheelchair, Scooters, ... Care (Bariatric Care, Critical Care, Wound), Accessories (Lifting, ... Forecast to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the patient ... 17.18 Billion by 2021 at a CAGR of ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... Transparency Market Research has published ... Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, ... report, the exocrine pancreatic insufficiency market is anticipated to ... 2023 to reach US$2.85 Bn by 2023. ... the deficiency of the exocrine pancreatic enzymes, causing failure ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 The World Health ... PrePex device to include adolescents aged 13 years, and ... can be offered for adult and adolescent males in the ... . PrePex was the first male circumcision device to ... MedTech,s CEO, Eddy Horowitz said: " The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... seen a significant spike in their clients' employee participation for their wellness initiatives. ... screening by implementing a high-deductible health plan with outcome-based deductible incentives. As a ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... Consumer access to organic foods and grower ... a maker of whole grain cereals and other plant-based foods, will introduce the first ... red winter wheat processed by Hesco/Dakota Organic Products. , The transitional designation means the ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... that it will join America's leading engineers at the American Society of Safety ... Georgia World Congress Center. , Engineers, speakers and exhibitors from more than ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... American Spine in Frederick, Maryland is ... surgeries in the Montgomery County, Howard County and Washington, D.C. areas, renowned spine ... American Spine every Monday. He will also perform surgeries in our Germantown surgical ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... Sterling Global ... feature a unique and patented refillable hanging wipe dispenser. The campaign kick-off video is ... and will end June 25, 2016. The goal is to raise $1,000 per day ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):