Nitrous oxide use as an intoxicating substance and recreational drug, is on the rise particularly at festivals, events and night clubs. The growing popularity may lie in the fact that nitrous oxide is relatively cheap and easy to obtain. Nitrous oxide may appear harmless but can entail serious health risks. EIGA strongly disapproves of the personal use of gases without medical surveillance and, in particular, disapproves the inhalation of any gases, except those when prescribed and used as medicines, or when specifically produced, sold and used for breathing applications such as diving.
To create awareness on the risk of inhaling laughing gas, EIGA has produced Info 38 Abuse of Nitrous Oxide for Recreational Inhalation
For more general information on the abuse of gases, see EIGA PP 24 Abuse of Gases