Festival goers going to Glastonbury are told not to use laughing gas because top nurses warn that laughing gas is not a safe alternative to other illegal drugs
- Glastonbury Festival starts today and experts say the drug is popular at festivals
- Nitrous oxide, known as nec, is inhaled to give a high but can be fatal
- Although it was made illegal in 2016, it is still easily available to many people
- Bad effects of the drug are vomiting, headache and suffocation
The country's top nurses have warned festival visitors not to take a laugh for Glastonbury this weekend.
Worthy Farm in Somerset is already full of thousands of people who are ready for one of the largest and most popular festivals in the country.
And although the heat waves and hangovers can be a transition rite, people are encouraged to stay away from laughing gas, also known as & # 39; nos & # 39 ;.
The drug, which is inhaled from a balloon, is not a safe alternative to illegal drugs, warned the Royal College of Nursing and can cause serious health damage.
Top nurses have warned of the dangers of laughing gas, which is usually inhaled by a balloon (Pictured: a woman at Glastonbury Festival in 2015, before the drug was illegal)
& # 39; When people pitch their tents at festivals this summer, they shouldn't let their health fade away by thinking that laughing gas is a safe way to get a high & # 39 ;, said Catherine Gamble of the RCN.
& # 39; The fact is that there are not only immediate health risks, but the damage can last for lives.
Nos is most popular among people between 16 and 24 years old and about half a million of them have used it in the past year, according to the government.
But its high price can be for a high price – abuse of the drug can lead to suffocation or fainting, or in the long term lead to addiction and nerve damage.
Laughing gas was made illegal as part of the & # 39; legal highs & # 39; legislation in 2016, but it is still widely available because it is used by chefs to make whipped cream.
Last month Ms Gamble of the RCN admitted that the law & # 39; clearly does not work & # 39; and that the drug is still widely used.
Research showed that one in ten young men had inhaled the gas, with use among young women about half of that. 23 percent of people said they could get it easily.
By breathing in the gas from an inflated balloon, people can experience euphoria, laughter or weak laughs, hallucinations, and distorted sounds.
Laughing gas bottles (pictured) are used by chefs to make whipped cream, so these are easy to obtain, even though their use as a recreational drug was made illegal in 2016
Glastonbury Festival started yesterday (pictured: the first visitors arrive) and the Royal College of Nursing warned that laughing gas is popular at festivals, especially among young people
The silver jerry cans in which laughing gas enters are harmful to the environment and the RCN said about two tons of it was thrown away to Glastonbury last year (photo)
WHAT IS & # 39; NOS & # 39 ;?
Nos, also known as laughing gas, is a gas that is called laughing gas and that people inhale to get high.
The drug is illegal for recreational use, but is used by chefs to make whipped cream, so it is easy to buy.
People who inhale the drug usually do this by filling a balloon with it and breathing it in over the course of a minute or so.
The drug can cause a feeling of euphoria, lead to laughter or weak laughs, cause hallucinations and distort the sounds that people hear.
Its effects are usually short-lived, but it can cause lasting health damage for much longer.
Because inhalation actually replaces the air you breathe in with the medicine, there is a risk of suffocation. People can also faint because of the lack of oxygen.
Inhalation of laughing gas can also lead to severe headache, dizziness, paranoia or cause you to stop thinking properly.
It can also become addictive and over time lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency that can cause nerve damage in the hands and feet. Long-term use can also prevent the body from effectively producing white blood cells and damaging the immune system.
The high is usually short-lived, but the drug can have long-term consequences that people understand as well as other illegal drugs, experts say.
Mrs. Gamble added: & # 39; In addition to the physical effects on the body, which in themselves can be very serious, there are the psychological consequences associated with the misuse of any substance that can lead to addiction.
& # 39; People need to understand that this is not a simple or safe alternative to other illegal drugs.
& # 39; You would expect a quick and easy height, but you could easily make your balloon burst and come down with a bump that will last a lifetime. & # 39;
Short-term negative effects laughing gas can lead to a dangerously high heartbeat, feeling sick or vomiting, or even falling unconscious.
Inhalation replaces oxygen in the lungs with the gas, making it difficult to breathe, causing the brain to choke or starve.
People can also suffer from dizziness, headache or paranoia and can even die – on average, five deaths have been reported since 2014.
Long-term effects if the drug is taken repeatedly, may contain a vitamin B12 deficiency that can lead to nerve damage.
And in addition to the potential damage to people's body and mental health, the metal barrels of laughing gas that are brought in are harmful to the environment.
This effect can last a long time because nos is almost 300 times more harmful than carbon dioxide to the environment.
Five years ago, about two tons of small barrels were picked up in Glastonbury alone, the RCN said.
NITROUS OXIDE DEATHS 1993-2016
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