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UK: The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has appealed to festival organisers to take a robust stance against gas abuse.

The national trade body is calling on festival organisers to prevent Nitrous Oxide getting onto their sites and help block its use, which can be fatal in some cases.

Supplying the gas for inhalation (without appropriate medical licence and qualified supervision) is now an offence under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, and the BCGA is keen to see offences punished by the courts.

Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the BCGA, said: “The recreational use of Nitrous Oxide has always been dangerous and has caused many deaths. The relatively new law has already had good effect in curbing the activities of those who would profit from the misery which substance abuse causes and we hope the message starts to get through that inhaling Nitrous Oxide is anything but harmless fun.


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