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London, UK. 1st August, 2015. Campaigners inhale balloons inflated with nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas” to get high during a protest in Westminster’s Parliament Square against a proposed bill that aims to make selling any psychoactive substance illegal. Credit: Guy Corbishley/Alamy Live News

London, UK. 1st August, 2015. Campaigners inhale balloons inflated with nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas” to get high during a protest in Westminster’s Parliament Square against a proposed bill that aims to make selling any psychoactive substance illegal. Credit: Guy Corbishley/Alamy Live News Stock Photo
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Guy Corbishley / Alamy Stock Photo

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EYN278

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17.2 MB (675.7 KB Compressed download)

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3000 x 2000 px | 25.4 x 16.9 cm | 10 x 6.7 inches | 300dpi

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1 August 2015

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Parliament Square, Westminster, London, UK.

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Campaigners inhale balloons inflated with nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas” to get high during a protest in Westminster’s Parliament Square against a proposed bill that aims to make selling any psychoactive substance illegal. The drug, also known as “noz” and “hippy crack”, is very popular with teenagers and young adults, including clubbers and those attending music festivals. Those using it illicitly often breathe it in after it has been transferred from silver vials into balloons. It is the same substance that is given to women during childbirth and patients undergoing dental treatment to control pain. Inhaling nitrous oxide is so dangerous that ministers need to launch a high-profile campaign to alert users to the potentially disastrous consequences, frontline NHS nurses say. Young people who use nitrous oxide to get high are running huge risks with their health, including paranoia, breathing problems and even death, nurses have warned. London, UK.

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