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[An Phoblacht] , Doolan, Daithi Time to talk about ‘silver bullet’ drug use. (14 Jul 2020)

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Many of us have been spending a lot more time strolling around parks and pitches since COVID-19 lockdown. With these walks, you might have come across piles of silver looking bullet canisters. They look out of place or very conspicuous.

They are commonly known as ‘silver bullets’ or ‘whippets’. They contain Nitrous Oxide. A gas, when inhaled directly out of the canister or released in to a balloon before inhaling gives a short but intense rush or high. The high may last anything from 10 to 30 seconds.

It can lead to disorientation, dizziness, unsteadiness and falling. It can also induce vomiting and in certain circumstances can lead to paranoia.

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