Student who inhaled 360 laughing gas canisters in a week may never walk again

Student who inhaled 360 laughing gas canisters in a week may never walk again
Published: 2017 October 20 08:05:52 (5099 Views)
An Australian university student, in her 20s, may never walk again after she inhaled 360 canisters of nitrous oxide in one week.

The woman has damaged nerves in her spinal cord which doctors say may never recover.

She is now being rehabilitated to learn how to walk again after repeatedly using the recreational drug, known as laughing gas.

The student's story was featured on ABC's 7.30 programme to discourage other users from taking the popular drug, which has been linked to a number of deaths of young people.

Toxicologist Dr Andrew Dawson told the programme: 'Very recently I had a 20-year-old patient whose brain appeared to have the same level of damage as an alcoholic who had been drinking for 40 years.



'We have had a doubling of the number of calls from hospitals about significantly affected people from nitrous oxide exposure.

'Those effects are severe nerve injury, or sometimes brain injury. There has been a real spike over the last two years.

'Those deaths can relate to anything from the exploding of the small cylinders, to people becoming hypoxic – that is, short of oxygen – from overuse.'

Selling the drug was made illegal in the UK in 2015, but following the collapse of two court cases the law is being reviewed.

The loophole revolved around the gas, which is used by doctors as pain relief, being exempt from the new law because it is actually a medicine.



Source - Metro

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