Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or ‘NOS’, is a chemical compound and oxide of nitrogen with the formula N2O. Nitrous oxide is widely used in medical settings, particularly in surgery and dentistry, due to its anesthetic and pain-reducing properties. Additionally, it is now being used for recreational purposes as it can induce euphoric effects when inhaled.
According to recent reports, the UK government has implemented a supplemental ban on Nitrous Oxide due to concerns regarding public health and the increased addiction among teenagers and young adults. This ban is primarily due to the neurological damage that can be caused by the substance. Nitrous oxide is now classified as a class C drug, and illegal possession can result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years, while supply and production can lead to a maximum sentence of 14 years.