Why Nitrous Oxide is Becoming an Increasing Concern Among Gen Z

Why Nitrous Oxide is Becoming an Increasing Concern Among Gen Z

Nitrous oxide, also commonly referred to as laughing gas or whippets has been abused for decades and experienced a resurgence in recent years due to its increasing popularity with Gen Z. Law enforcement officials are reporting that the inhalant is being seen more at festivals and concerts which has prompted states like New York to make nitrous oxide canisters illegal to purchase by anyone who is under the age of 21. The United Kingdom has also experienced a surge in usage. The 2019/20 England and Wales Crime Survey reported that 8.7% of 16- to 24-year-olds had consumed nitrous oxide recreationally, up from 6.1% in 2012/2013 and the report also noted that 2 in 3 users are under the age of 24.

While nitrous oxide may not be addictive in the same way opioids are, it can still cause a lot of health issues and in some rare instances even death. It’s important for parents to understand why nitrous oxide consumption can be dangerous and the signs that their children may be abusing it.

Alternative Names for Nitrous Oxide Infographic