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

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

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is warning Ghanaians about the recent increase in the use of nitrous oxide, sometimes known as laughing gas, at nightclubs, bars, and other recreational activities. This warning is primarily directed at partygoers.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Delese Mimi Darko, warned that the misuse of this gas is “very” dangerous and can result in low blood pressure, a heart attack, and anemia in a statement on Tuesday, January 24.

The statement read, “Abusers of Nitrous Oxide gas are also susceptible to the risk of suffocation and loss of consciousness.”

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It was further said that prolonged exposure to this gas, particularly at recreational gatherings, could harm one’s immune system and cause depression, incontinence, and the onset of mental and neurological diseases.

Therefore, the Authority has started working with the appropriate stakeholders to resolve these new safety concerns.

The FDA strongly warns nightclubs, bars, and party planners against using nitrous oxide gas improperly in their establishments.

As part of its commitment to ensuring public health safety, the Authority has also been requested to receive any reports of gas abuse as soon as possible from the public.

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