Palma.—A few years ago, the new Summer craze was inhaling oxygen, this year it is laughing gas and the Director General for Public Health and Consumer Affairs, has issues a warning that such a practice can cause serious damage to people's health and would like to see the practice banned.

It has become a cheap drug which has quick affects but even the President of the drug rehabilitation Association Projecte Home, Tomeu Catala, has also warned that inhaling nitrous oxide is potentially dangerous with its effects likened to those of been likened to those of hard drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine.

It has been the cause of various heart attacks in the UK, where it has become extremely popular and “shots” are available here in Majorca for between three and five euros.

However, it can cause irritation to the nose, eyes and throat, at least, or breathing problems which can lead to people losing consciousness.
And mixed with alcohol, it can have fatal results and lead to serious accidents. Over the past week, 3.351 capsules full of laughing gas have been seized in Calvia along with a further 1'780 used ones.

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