Urgent warning over common party drug that’s leaving teens incontinent and unable to walk
DOCTORS warn an increase in teens using a popular party drug could be causing it paralysis.
Nitrous oxide, often called laughing gas, is one of the most commonly used drugs among 16 to 24 year olds.
The drug, sold in small silver canisters, can cause life-threatening health complications in people, including brain damage, incontinence and paralysis.
Doctors at the Royal London Hospital have reported treating an increased number of young people with side effects from the drug – seeing a new case almost every week.
They’re also seeing an increase in people with more severe side effects, suggesting people are taking the drug in larger doses than before.
Professor Alastair Noyce, consultant neurologist at Queen Mary University of London, told BBC News: “These are young people that we see – teenagers and people in their 20s.
“What is striking now is the heaviness. We’ve seen that increase over the past 12 months or so.”
The Prof said it could be linked to people using large gas cylinders, which can hold a similar amount to 60 or 70 of the small silver canisters seen scattered on streets and in parks.
“If you have been using it and develop symptoms, stop using it immediately and seek medical help as soon as possible,” he added.
The latest data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that almost nine per cent of 16 to 24 year olds say they have used party drugs in the last year.
This is an increase from 6.1 percent in 2012-2013.
What are the effects of laughing gas?
A previous study found that patients who used the canisters experienced rapidly progressive neurological symptoms after use.
Medics in Strasbourg found that five patients were admitted to a tertiary care center between April 2020 and February 2021 after taking the drugs.
Main author Maximilian Einsiedler. said: “When I conducted a retrospective analysis of all patients admitted in the 10 years prior to April 2020, not a single patient in our hospital was diagnosed with neurological complications due to nitrous oxide abuse.”
Nitrous oxide can cause dizziness and impair your judgment, creating a risk of an accident.
In large amounts, it can also cause the user to pass out or pass out.
If nitrous oxide is inhaled through the mouth from a pressurized gas cylinder or in an enclosed space, it can cause sudden death from lack of oxygen.
Heavy, regular use of the drug can lead to vitamin B12 deficiency and a form of anemia.
Severe vitamin B deficiency can cause severe nerve or brain damage, leading to paralysis and incontinence.
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What is laughing gas?
Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that can make people euphoric and relaxed when inhaled.
The effects of the gas have earned it the nickname “laughing gas,” but it can also cause hallucinations in some people.
The effects are caused by the drug slowing down the brain.
Nitrous oxide is usually purchased in pressurized canisters. It is then transferred to a container such as a balloon for inhalation
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