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The HSE has put out warnings in recent months about the risks associated with recreational use of Nitrous Oxide, commonly called Laughing Gas. It is dangerous to inhale and using is along with other substances including alcohol or prescription drugs can increase the risks.

It is a colourless gas that some say is slightly sweet smelling and tasting. It can be found in different forms such as whipped cream chargers ‘whippets’ which are small silver cartridges. It can also come as crackers with balloons attached or as balloons that have been filled with the gas.

For further details of the effects and risks associated with this substance visit this information page on

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