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MetiNews.Com - Residents are finding hundreds of discarded canisters as groups gather to inhale the nitrous oxide

Manchester news Use of laughing gas spirals among teens during pandemic Manchester united news

MetiNews.Com - Residents are finding hundreds of discarded canisters as groups gather to inhale the nitrous oxide

Manchester news  Use of laughing gas spirals among teens during pandemic Manchester united news
30 June 2020 - 18:32

Breaking News ! Residents across Greater Manchester are demanding action to tackle the misuse of gas canisters among teens. The small silver canisters contain nitrous oxide - known as laughing gas or 'hippy crack' - and inhaling the gas can be deadly. It's meant to be used to numb pain during medical procedures such as dental work, or in whipped cream aerosols used in catering. But teenagers are capturing the gas in balloons and inhaling it for a temporary high. And while laws introduced in 2016 made it illegal to sell the gas for 'psychoactive' purposes, it's understood to have made little difference to its availability. The canisters are readily available on the internet and residents told the M.E.N that children are buying them from local shops, 'no questions asked'. Empty gas canisters and bottles left on Tyldesley Rugby Club's fields at the weekend (Image: Manchester Evening News) As well as risking their own lives - and exposing themselves to several side effects of prolonged use including psychosis and depression - they're blighting their communities with the mess left behind. At the weekend hundreds of the empty canisters - along with cans and broken glass bottles - were found on the fields of St George's Park in Tyldesley, home to Tyldesley Rugby Club. Read More Related Articles How to sign up to our Manchester Family newsletter Read More Related Articles Primary school's warning over parents swearing on Zoom calls One resident told us her husband witnessed canisters being delivered to kids on the car park of the site last week. When approached, the driver claimed he was dropping off biscuits. She said: "They’re meeting most evenings to drink and use the canisters in the hot weather. "My husband was concerned, especially with the youngsters getting a delivery of the canisters to the rugby club car park. "He actually spoke to the guy in car and gave him a piece of his mind. He said he was delivering biscuits, but two other men witnessed this and said no way they were biscuits, they were canisters." Hundreds of empty canisters were left on St George's Park playing fields, Tyldesley (Image: Manchester Evening News) It comes a few months after officers in the Hindley area of Wigan issued a warning over 'nitrous oxide being supplied to children by local businesses'. In a Facebook post back in February, GMP Leigh, Atherton and Hindley said: "Following intelligence that nitrous oxide is being supplied to children by local businesses in the Hindley area, a reminder that supplying these substances is illegal under Section 5 of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016." Read More Related Articles Playing with friends should be prioritised for children as lockdown eases, experts say Read More Related Articles How parents can claim money back from cancelled school trips But the problem is not restricted to Wigan. An online petition calling for a ban on the sale of the the gas to the general public has now amassed almost 37k signatures. And residents have been telling us about other hot spots where the canisters are often discarded. One said the areas around Salford precinct are littered with them and on the M.E.N's My Bury Facebook page, readers pointed out Burrs Country Park, Chaddy Fields in Whitefield, Dumers Lane, and Chesham and Walmersley as just a few of the problem areas. Karen White said: "I see them everywhere these days so kids are not social distancing but doing drugs in close quarters with others inc parks fields subways." It's illegal to supply the gas for human consumption (Image: Getty Images) And Nick Bunting said he had picked up more than 60 of the canisters, most of them from 'in the ashes of a campfire'. "Trying to burn them it seems," he said. "Then another dozen in the same place today." Read More Related Articles Government outlines what could happen if there was a local lockdown Read More Related Articles Government unveils 'transformative' schools rebuilding programme over 10 years, with 'substantial investment' earmarked for the north The gas makes users feel euphoric and can cause hallucinations.

. The risk is increased when nitrous oxide is consumed with alcohol. Prof Kate Ardern, Wigan Council’s director for public health, said: “We are working across the borough, with our partners and in schools, to remind young people of the dangers and risks association with using nitrous oxide. “There are a number of side effects which can happen from regular use including red blood cell problems, that could result in anaemia, a risk of vitamin D deficiency with continued use and a link with mood swings and depression. “We urge people to report incidents to us and we also encourage parents to speak with their children about the dangers posed. The best way forward is an honest, calm conversation about the risk of drug use and the harm it can cause." Councillor David Lancaster, Salford council's lead member for environment and community safety, said: “This is a national issue affecting the whole country and we need government intervention to restrict the sale of these canisters. That would tackle both the use of these as a recreational drug and the littering that results. “It’s illegal to sell or give away nitrous oxide to use as a drug and anyone caught doing so can face up to seven years in jail and/or an unlimited fine. Yet these canisters can be bought easily, cheaply and legally over the internet. That needs to change but that needs government action. In the meantime I would appeal to local shops to stop selling these completely." (Image: Liverpool Echo) Urging people to report discarded canisters on the council website here, he added: "There are several things people can do right now to help. One is for parents to talk to their children about the dangers and make sure they stay away from these canisters. "Then anyone who has information about local shops or individuals selling or supplying these items should let the police know so they can investigate." Police say they understand why communities feel concerned and say they want residents to know that 'neighbourhood teams are committed to tackling this this type of activity'. Read More Related Articles Average child has gained almost half a stone during lockdown Read More Related Articles A-level and GCSE pupils can sit exams if they don't like coursework grade Chief Inspector Kirsty Simcox, GMP’s force lead on drugs said: “We have various engagement tactics happening across Greater Manchester, which includes carrying out regular patrols in any affected areas alongside our partners to tackle those who are selling these substances and provide advice to those who are using psychoactive substances as to how dangerous it can be. This can include signposting people to the most appropriate support service. “We’re also asking young people to think about their actions and the possible consequences it could have, and we’d like parents/ carers to be vigilant and speak to their children about the risks that can be associated with this." (Image: Manchester Evening News) She added: "We will continue to work closely with key partners to tackle the issue and help keep our communities safe. We understand that this type of behaviour can be distressing to our communities, and I would encourage anyone who has any concerns to please report it to ourselves as these reports help us to develop our ongoing patrol plans." Reports can be made via the GMP website or by calling 101. Alternatively, you can report any crime anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 in an emergency. For more information on the risks of this gas visit the website talktofrank.com. Any adults or young people requiring support with substance issues can get in touch with Wigan's drug and rehabilitation service We Are With You via the website, or by calling 01942 827979. A spokesperson for Tyldesley Rugby Club declined to comment on the problem.

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Manchester news Use of laughing gas spirals among teens during pandemic Manchester united news


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