The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has issued an alert over the abuse of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) gas at nightclubs and parties in the forms of balloons and canisters to induce euphoria and laughter.
In a statement, the Authority said Nitrous Oxide gas is used as a propellant and a preservative in the food industry and a medical anesthetic analgesic.
The Authority explained the extreame health dangers its use may incur, to mention a few risks of low blood pressure, heart attack and anaemia.
The long-term abuse of Nitrous Oxide gas according to the FDA could also compromise the immune system, mental and neurological disorders (hand and foot numbness and limb spasms), depression and incontinence.
The Authority therefore cautioned the public to desist from the inappropriate use of Nitrous Oxide gas in their facilities.