The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Nigeria has ordered a nationwide crackdown on the sale and use of nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the NDLEA said the order was in response to the increasing use of nitrous oxide for recreational purposes. The agency said it would not hesitate to punish anyone caught with the substance.
Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that is used for sedation and pain relief by dentists and medical professionals. It can also be used as a recreational drug, producing a short-lived feeling of euphoria.
The NDLEA warned that nitrous oxide can be dangerous, and that its use can lead to a number of health problems, including dizziness, disorientation, and headaches.
The agency also said that nitrous oxide can be addictive.