Doctors warn: laughing gas causes spinal injuries in young people

Doctors have issued a warning to people using it laughing gasespecially younger people as it can cause spinal injuries and nerve damage.

The 2019/20 crime survey for England and Wales found that almost 9% of 16-24 year olds reported having used drugs laughing gas in the previous year, compared to 6.1% in 2012/13.

For this reason, doctors have observed a steep increase in spinal injuries among young people due to the use of the drug.

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Alastair Noyce, a professor of neurology and neuroepidemiology at the Wolfson Institute of Population Health at Queen Mary University of London and a consultant neurologist at the Barts NHS Trust, said he worked with other neurologists to create guidelines to alert people to the dangers of the disease to draw attention to consumption laughing gas.

He added: “We are seeing more patients than we were about a year ago and often the cases are more severe.

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“We used to see people with tingling and numbness in their legs or having trouble walking, but this year we’ve had several people who literally can’t walk at all when they come into the hospital.”

Alongside this, medical students at Queen Mary University launched the N20: Know The Risks campaign to highlight the dangers.

Fourth-year medical student Devan Mair, who is leading the campaign, said: “We want to empower people with knowledge of the risks laughing gas informing them when they are faced with the decision to take balloons with them.” Doctors warn: laughing gas causes spinal injuries in young people

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