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Laughing gas: what are the health risks for recreational users?

How nurses can advise on risks of inhaling nitrous oxide, and steps to take to reduce harm that can range from dizziness to paralysis and even death

How nurses can advise on risks of inhaling nitrous oxide, and steps to take to reduce harm that can range from dizziness to paralysis and even death

What is laughing gas?

Laughing gas is nitrous oxide – a gas that is inhaled, and used medically and recreationally.

When used recreationally, it is also known as whippits, hippy crack and noz and bought in small silver canisters, according to the the Department of Health and Social Care FRANK advice website.

What is it used for?

Nitrous oxide is used clinically for sedation and pain relief clinically, and is

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