Quick Nitrous Oxide- Laughing Gas Dangers Tips Every parent Needs To Know
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Quick Nitrous Oxide- Laughing Gas Dangers Tips Every Parent Needs To Know
Most you know nitrous oxide as laughing gas, but it’s more commonly known – in your teens circle of friends – as whip-its on the streets or huffing. Many people think it’s harmless. Unfortunately, Whip-its usage is on the rise not only among teens but young adults as well. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that more than 12 million people in the U.S. have tried whip-its. Although it’s arguable determining whether nitrous oxide is addictive or not – however it can lead to the necessity of rehab and inhaling Nitrous oxide as very dangerous with irreversible damage to your nervous system, heart and lungs.
Nitrous oxide can easily be obtained almost anywhere. The gas is sold in canisters, and teens and adults often use it to fill up balloons, which are typically sold at parties.
An even easier fast lane for teens to get access on nitrous oxide and a potential root of problem of the rise of whip-its usage, is from a not so innocent whipped cream can. The whipped cream can has a cartridge of compressed nitrous oxide inside from which teens inhale the gas. That alone should alert parents that their kids and their friends have an easy-access dose sitting right inside their family home’s refrigerator.
Nitrous oxide might not be on the same stage as street drugs like cocaine, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine and heroin, but it is extremely dangerous and on the rise in teens and young adult usage with some young adults carrying the nitrous oxide habit way into their 30’s and beyond.
Nitrous oxide i.e., NO2 is commonly used in many dental facilities, but the difference between dental/medical usage is: the NO2 is ALSO mingled with oxygen. When anyone inhales nitrous oxide from a can (Whip-It’s canister) the user is not getting any oxygen, thus the more they inhale, the less oxygen they expend, bringing on a condition known as hypoxia.
Hypoxia is when the whole figure or a part of the body is deprived of oxygen. In other words, your brain is deprived of oxygen, which will result in brain and nerve damage, convulsions and in many cases death.
Teens and adults who abuse nitrous oxide may end up in rehab with regular usage. Unlike cannabis, over usage can also cause something known as peripheral neuropathy, which is when the nerves in your arms or legs or both may experience a tingling feeling and or burning needle and pins feeling combined with numbness. With this condition, many are unable to walk. Other dangerous side effects from the misuse of nitrous oxide include vomiting, with health risks of choking on vomit because it’s in their lungs, convulsions and in many cases cardiac arrest.
Many ignorant people believe that nitrous oxide is not addictive. Regrettably, it is a real possibility that by the time an adult or teen has a full-blown problem with whip-its, he or she may have already have severely damaged irreversibly their nervous system.
In the end, parents of teens and loved one’s of adults must realize that dangerous drugs aren’t merely sold on the streets, even tamest – such as laughing gas also known as whip-its can cause severe damage and death.
NOW … unknowing to many – Nitrous Oxide is a 3rd degree Felony in the great State of Florida.
877.111 Inhalation, ingestion, possession, sale, purchase, or transfer of harmful chemical substances; penalties.—
(1) It is unlawful for any person to inhale or ingest, or to possess with intent to breathe, inhale, or drink, any compound, liquid, or chemical containing toluol, hexane, trichloroethylene, acetone, toluene, ethyl acetate, methyl ethyl ketone, trichloroethane, isopropanol, methyl isobutyl ketone, ethylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate, cyclohexanone, nitrous oxide, diethyl ether, alkyl nitrites (butyl nitrite), or any similar substance for the purpose of inducing a condition of intoxication or which distorts or disturbs the auditory, visual, or mental processes. This section does not apply to the possession and use of these substances as part of the care or treatment of a disease or injury by a practitioner licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, part I of chapter 464, or chapter 466 or to beverages controlled by the provisions of chapter 561, chapter 562, chapter 563, chapter 564, or chapter 565.
(2) It is unlawful for any person to possess, buy, sell, or otherwise transfer any chemical substance specified in subsection (1) for the purpose of inducing or aiding any other person to violate the provisions of subsection (1).
(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) with respect to nitrous oxide, any person who violates subsection (1) or subsection (2) commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(4) Any person who knowingly distributes, sells, purchases, transfers, or possesses more than 16 grams of nitrous oxide commits a felony of the third degree which shall be known as unlawful distribution of nitrous oxide, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. For purposes of this subsection, in addition to proving by any other means that nitrous oxide was knowingly possessed, distributed, sold, purchased, or transferred, proof that any person discharged, or aided another in discharging, nitrous oxide to inflate a balloon or any other object suitable for subsequent inhalation creates an inference of the person’s knowledge that the nitrous oxide’s use was for an unlawful purpose. This subsection does not apply to the possession and use of nitrous oxide as part of the care and treatment of a disease or injury by a practitioner licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 464, chapter 466, or chapter 474; as a food processing propellant; as a semiconductor oxidizer; as an analytical chemistry oxidizer in atomic absorption spectrometry; in the production of chemicals used to inflate airbags; as an oxidizer for chemical production, combustion, or jet propulsion; or as a motor vehicle induction additive when mixed with sulphur dioxide.
(5) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this section may, in the discretion of the trial judge, be required to participate in a substance abuse services program approved or regulated by the Department of Children and Families pursuant to the provisions of chapter 397, provided the director of the program approves the placement of the defendant in the program. Such required participation may be imposed in addition to, or in lieu of, any penalty or probation otherwise prescribed by law. However, the total time of such penalty, probation, and program participation shall not exceed the maximum length of sentence possible for the offense.
History.—s. 1, ch. 83-187; s. 39, ch. 93-39; s. 299, ch. 99-8; s. 1, ch. 2000-116; s. 146, ch. 2000-318; s. 4, ch. 2001-57; s. 304, ch. 2014-19.