Dangers of Nitrous Oxide – Foster Parents Be Aware!

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In light of increasing reports of harm from nitrous oxide (NO2) misuse, foster carers, parents and guardians should be alert to the issues and what to do to get help.

” It’s important that anyone working with young people is aware of the risk of nitrous oxide misuse, particularly the emerging evidence of increased harm and the use of larger canisters” advised the the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) in a joint statement.

As a first step foster parents should be aware of where to access accurate information about the issues. Next step is to identify what to do if someone you are fostering, or who is part of your foster family, needs help and support.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous Oxide is an odourless and colourless gas inhaled from balloons, or – far more dangerously – directly from canisters – for its psychoactive effects. Symptoms can include feeling relaxed, giggly, sound distortions and/or dizzy, anxious and paranoid. 

Other names for NO2 – Balloons, Chargers, Hippie Crack, Laughing Gas, Nos, Noz and Whippits! 

Get honest information about drugs such as NO2 

www.talktofrank.com or phone 0300 1236600

You’ll find information for young people, parents and carers, including advice on where to get help and advice in your local area.

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You can also get detailed independent advice from the Greater Manchester Local Drug Information Service and DrugWatch forum.  Foster families across the West Midlands, North West and Yorkshire may find this particularly informative.

Check out the “N2O briefing for professionals pdf” available from DrugWatch via this link:  www.michaellinnell.org.uk/drugwatch