You may have seen Nitrous Oxide canisters in local parks across Herefordshire. Now, a national petition has been set up to force the government into action. Here’s how you can sign.

The following script is from the petition site:

Stop nitrous oxide (N2O / laughing gas) abuse in our communities.

Used in catering, N2O is available cheaply, easily and without any control or restriction.

We are asking the Government to investigate better controls of its sale/access, educate the public on the dangers of N2O abuse and make it an offence to inhale nitrous oxide for recreational purposes.

Supply of nitrous oxide for recreational purposes is technically illegal under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. This means anyone found to be selling or giving away nitrous oxide for illicit purposes could face up to 7 years in prison and or an unlimited fine.

However, it is widely available from catering suppliers, online retailers and other outlets without any restriction or control. It is also very cheap and a drug that has limited public exposure and educational awareness.