How Is Nitrous Oxide Misuse Impacting The Health Of Australians?

Nitrous oxide is known as "laughing gas", but with health effects ranging from severe nerve damage to death, its abuse is no joke. The National Drug Strategy Household survey suggests about six per cent (600,000) of the Australian population have used inhalants, about half of which are believed to be nitrous oxide. Health professionals are increasingly concerned about the ease of access as it can be purchased without verification of age and delivered in under an hour, 24 hours a day. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? How is nitrous oxide misuse impacting the health of Australians?

Posted by on 21 May 2024

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    Posted by MS on 27 May 2024

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    I thought laughing gas was only available to dentists etc who use it on their patients to help the patient feel more comfortable. If laughing gas was available at my dentists, I would consider using it under strict guidelines. I don't feel relaxed much of the time when I go to the dentist. I wish sleeping gas was available at my dentist and I wish it was so expensive.

    Posted by wendles on 27 May 2024

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    Any inhalation of any chemical is toxic to the body and brain,so it must be doing a lot of harm to the health of those who do this and those who stand nearby.

    Posted by LeafyGreen on 24 May 2024

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    This is a concern. I didn't know about this - we've seen it on TV and thought it funny - not so funny now!

    Posted by sandra on 23 May 2024

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    I worry about kids getting into it to get some sort of buzz along the same lines as sniffing all manner of things: paint thinners, petrol, glue and the like. Hope this stuff isn't addictive.

    Posted by Woodness on 23 May 2024

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    I haven't heard of it being misused before, but I think it would be difficult to prevent.

    Posted by celt1234 on 23 May 2024

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    It all depends on how much it is used by an individual, and that's up to them, isn't it?

    Posted by Miro on 23 May 2024

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    I really think its impacting the health of Australians with it being too readily available, the education is not out there too well and there is not enough education on what it can do to our bodies.

    Posted by Michelle on 23 May 2024

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    Yeah we don’t know things like asbestos cement, and these chemicals, which are around the skin harm in a real serious way

    Posted by Vibhu on 23 May 2024

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    It is definitely way too easy to get. I know of teenagers who have accessed it easily and used it repeatedly. Very scary stuff.

    Posted by Anita on 23 May 2024

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    i feel ive been living under a rock, i had no idea you could even get this drug, i have always assumed it was only available in hospital, didnt even know this was an issue for aussies and their health

    Posted by Rob on 23 May 2024

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    I've always said you cant protect people from themselves and in the realm of substance abuse this is just another example

    Posted by stratman on 23 May 2024

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    More click bait drummed up by the media. If the press stopped publishing rubbish stories like they do most Australians wouldn't have heard about the easy access to N2O and not tried it. I call BS on the survey's figures, they need large figures for publicity to retain their grants and Government subsidies.

    Posted by ere on 23 May 2024

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    Knew somebody who got pneumonia from water on their lungs from overuse. It's a gross thing.

    Posted by JodieL18 on 23 May 2024

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    i think its ok as long as its done safely and funnily

    Posted by shaun on 23 May 2024

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    Seeing as the Aust pop is 26 million, this survey is either way out of date or can't do math. It doesn't seem to be anything to be too concerned about at those numbers. Much better to concentrate on alcohol issues.

    Posted by Kittykato on 23 May 2024

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    Probably not a good thing

    Posted by Joshy79 on 23 May 2024

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    I don’t know much about its use and effects. Just seems that a lot of people are finding new inhalants to replace tobacco/ cigarettes these days.

    Posted by tutti_cutie on 23 May 2024

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    Some addicts will use anything to get their next high. The vast majority of people do not abuse or misuse nitrous oxide.

    Posted by merryl on 23 May 2024

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    I think most people think it's harmless as dentists and doctors use it too.

    Posted by sulter on 23 May 2024

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    I don't really know much about it, but obviously it's not a good thing.

    Posted by Ally42 on 23 May 2024

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    I didn't even know it's an issue here in Australia. Usually you hear things on TV news broadcasts if there's a serious problem like that. I think teenagers need to be educated a lot more about what all these sorts of things will do to their bodies and how it will affect their lives.

    Posted by vlee on 23 May 2024

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    As I've opined before.... Idiot humans with addictive personality's are victims of their own dumb choices and deserve all the negative health implications of such behaviour and should be banned from using the Medicate Public Tax Funded System!!!!

    Posted by mact on 22 May 2024

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    You did a similar topic weeks ago on another product. So now it is laughing gas! I'm not that informed on this product . That's a lot of Aussies, 600,000. The fools it seems will try anything to get their kicks. I guess most are still alive tho and still kicking. Prob depends how often you use it. You would think the medicos would be aware if it was that serious a problem. I mean it's not like there are mass casualties going into hospital over it. That is not to say it isn't a growing problem, but need to put it into perspective somewhat. I think we have a marginly bigger issue with alcohol, drugs, smoking related products. They sure do need to try and keep it out of teenagers hands.

    Posted by MS on 21 May 2024

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