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UK & Ireland DrugWatch. (2023) Information sheet: Nitrous oxide. UK & Ireland DrugWatch. Version: 1.0.

External website: https://www.thedrugswheel.com/?page=nitrous-oxide

Nitrous oxide has a number of industrial uses from an additive in drag racing engines to a propellant gas in the food industry. When mixed 50/50 with air (known
as gas and air) it is used in surgery for its mild anaesthetic and analgesic effects. It is one of the safest inhalants/anaesthetics because it has little effect on critical body functions, which it is why it is used to help relieve pain and anxiety for women giving birth2 and in dentistry.

Street/brand names: Laughing gas, Nos, whippets, hippy crack, N2O.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Guideline
Drug Type
Inhalents and solvents
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
8 November 2023
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Version: 1.0
UK & Ireland DrugWatch
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UK & Ireland DrugWatch

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