(ZEROHEDGE) – A European Union drug monitoring agency is sounding alarms over rising recreational use of nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas."
"There is a general perception among users that inhalation of nitrous oxide is safe," says the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). "Yet we see that more frequent or heavier use of the gas increases the risk of serious harms."
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In addition to industrial uses, the gas is used as a sedative in medical and dental procedures, and as a propellant in whipped cream canisters. Classified as a depressant, it's typically consumed by inhaling it from party balloons, and is frequently used in tandem with drugs like ketamine or MDMA.