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Call to raise awareness of dangers of laughing gas

More must be done to raise awareness of the dangerous effects of laughing gas, councils have warned.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said it was "deeply disturbed" that nitrous oxide - which can result in a loss of blood pressure, fainting and even heart attacks - is still viewed as a safe legal high.

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Call to raise awareness of dangers of laughing gas

More must be done to raise awareness of the dangerous effects of laughing gas, councils have warned.

Some 500,000 people use laughing gas across the country, the LGA say. Credit: Reuters

The Local Government Association (LGA) said it was "deeply disturbed" that the drug - which can result in a loss of blood pressure, fainting and even heart attacks - is still viewed as a safe legal high.

The gas, which is inhaled by users in a balloon, has become a popular recreational drug and the LGA estimate it is used by almost half a million people across Britain.

The association said it was concerned the practice was being "glamorised" by internet clips showing children inhaling the gas.

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