Ten years ago today I created the 130th post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.
These small silver canisters can sometimes be seen on the ground, left by kerbs and benches. There have been fewer of them lately which may mean that warnings about the dangers of using nitrous oxide as a recreational drug have been heeded. It could become illegal to possess these canisters as improper use can kill you or cause serious long term health effects. I often see deflated balloons next to them which, depending on your viewpoint, could be a good or a bad thing. Accident and emergency staff had noticed an increase in the number of those experiencing adverse effects and in some cases that was because users were taking “laughing gas” directly from the canister rather than releasing it into a balloon first which allows more control. One cause for concern is that it is used by drivers which is why you will find them at the roadside. I’ve seen hundreds of them left on the ground where users are able to sit for prolonged periods in parked cars in other parts of the borough.
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