South Scotland

Warning over 'laughing gas' misuse in Dumfries and Galloway

Police have raised concerns about an increase in the use of nitrous oxide gas by young adults in Dumfries and Galloway.

The gas, mostly used in medicine, is better known as "laughing gas" due to its relaxing effect.

Police said they had recovered several discarded canisters and believed these were being used to obtain feelings of intoxication.

Officers said people misusing the gas were putting themselves at risk.

Misuse can lead to asphyxiation and brain damage as well as permanent changes to the body's nervous system.

A Police Scotland statement called for young adults to look into the potential dangers of taking the gas.

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