New campaign to raise awareness of nitrous oxide

Most of us have at some point or another seen the little silver canisters littering the side of the road or in a park, but maybe haven’t realised what they are.

The containers are meant to supply small quantities of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, which has legitimate medical and catering uses. However, selling it for human consuption is illegal, and those inhaling the drug run the risk of fainting, heart attacks, and long term health problems including nerve damage.

Now a new campaign has been launched by the Safer Rotherham Partnership, which is Chaired by Cllr Emma Hoddinott, to raise awareness of the dangers of the drug.

You may notice the signs going up around our area and across the borough.

If you are worried about your own, or someone else’s, use of nitrous oxide then support is available through the local young people’s substance misuse support service, DIVERT, by calling 01709 917651, emailing their team or going to their website to talk to a member of staff through the webchat function.

Confidential advice is also available at Talk To Frank via phone on 0300 123 6600 or by visiting their website here.

Reports of discarded canisters can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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