FDA cautions against use of ‘laughing gas’ at nightclubs, pubs etc

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is cautioning the public, especially party goers, about the recent rise in the use of Nitrous Oxide, popularly known as laughing gas, at nightclubs, pubs and other recreational events in Ghana.

A statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Delese Mimi Darko, on Tuesday, January 24 warned that the misuse of this gas is “extremely” hazardous and can cause low blood pressure, heart attack and anaemia.

“Abusers of Nitrous Oxide gas are also prone to the risk of suffocating and loss of consciousness,” the statement said.

It added that long-term exposure to this gas especial at recreational events could compromise one’s immune system, trigger mental and neurological disorders, depression and incontinence.

The Authority has, therefore, begun to address this emerging safety concerns by collaborating with relevant stakeholders.

“The FDA strongly admonishes nightclubs, pubs and party organisers to desist from the inappropriate use of Nitrous Oxide gas in their facilities.”

The public has also been urged to promptly report any abuse of the gas to the Authority as it expresses commitment to ensure public health safety.


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