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NDLEA Moves To Stop Illegal Sale of Laughing Gas

The Lagos State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced its plan to crack down on illegal sales and consumption of nitrous oxide substance, commonly known as ‘laughing gas.’

Nitrous oxide is an odorless, colorless, non-flammable gas. While nitrous oxide is not flammable, it will support combustion to the same extent as oxygen, according to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, the United States of America.

Mr. Umar Adoro, the state commander of the agency, revealed this in Lagos, stating that the directive came from the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, to all commands and formations. The move aims to put an immediate stop to the unlawful distribution of the substance.

Nitrous oxide is typically used for sedation and pain relief in medical procedures, such as dentistry. However, there has been an alarming rise in its recreational use, particularly among young partygoers and fun-seekers who seek to experience a sense of intoxication or euphoria.

Mr. Adoro stressed that the abuse of laughing gas can have adverse effects on the nervous system, as it slows down brain and body responses. Depending on the quantity inhaled, it can cause feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and laughter, leading to the nickname ‘laughing gas.’ The gas is often transferred from its containers into balloons, which are then inhaled to achieve these effects.

The NDLEA is determined to tackle this emerging trend and curb the illegal distribution of nitrous oxide due to its potential dangers. Mr. Adoro issued a warning to those involved in the illegal trade of the substance, urging them to reconsider their actions as it goes against morality.

The agency remains committed to its mandate of eradicating illicit drug trafficking in the country. With this clampdown on laughing gas dealers, the NDLEA aims to safeguard the well-being of the public and protect the nation from the harmful effects of substance abuse.


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