Four tons of nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, were seized at the end of September in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, we learned on Tuesday from a source close to the file.
A hundred one-liter bottles, as well as 4-liter bottles were notably found, while several people were arrested, said the same source, confirming information from FranceInfo.
“The investigation opened by the Lyon prosecutor's office of the heads of work concealed in organized gangs, street sales and sale or distribution of a product specifically intended to facilitate the extraction of nitrous oxide to obtain the psychoactive effects is still in progress. course ”, specifies the parquet floor.
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Over the counter, laughing gas, which is found in the form of cartridges for whipped cream siphons or in the medical environment for anesthetic purposes, is popular with party-goers and young people, who divert its use for its euphoric effect.
Risk for the health
The consumption of nitrous oxide presents risks such as suffocation, loss of consciousness, burns but also, in the event of repeated use and / or in high doses, severe neurological, hematological, psychiatric and cardiac disorders, specifies on its website the Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviors.
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Nitrous oxide is listed on list 1 of poisonous substances and since June 1, 2021 a law prohibits "the sale and distribution" of this product "in order to obtain psychoactive effects", under penalty of a fine of 3,750 euros.