Britain's Conservative government announced on Sunday that the increasingly popular substance
nitrous oxide or "
laughing gas " will soon be banned.
Housing and Communities Minister Michael Gove announced the nitrous oxide ban on Sky News on Sunday.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to walk in the parks of our big cities has seen these little silver canisters
,” he said.
not only ransack public spaces, but also take a drug that can have a psychological and neurological effect and contributes to antisocial behavior
,” the minister added.
That's why we need to clamp down on new manifestations of drug use and these laughing gas canisters are a growing scourge
," continued Michael Gove.
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The government wants sales of these canisters to be “
restricted to appropriate purposes
Nitrous oxide is indeed used in the medical community as an anesthetic as well as in kitchen siphons.
Short psychoactive effects
The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction was alarmed in November by a “
” increase in the recreational use of nitrous oxide in certain regions of Europe.
This growing popularity, especially among young people, is due to its availability and low price.
This gas is prized for its short psychoactive effects - around three to four minutes - when inhaled.
In the Netherlands, the possession and sale of nitrous oxide has been prohibited since January 1.
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Britain's Prime Minister, Conservative Rishi Sunak, will announce measures to tackle petty crime on Monday.
Offenders serving community sentences are expected to clean up their graffiti themselves within 48 hours.
Offenders will, according to the draft, wear highly visible coveralls or jackets while carrying out their punishments, which could include washing police cars.
The Conservative government, at its lowest in the polls against Labour, is increasing its statements on security and immigration, when local elections will be held in May.