Information resource from Alcohol and Drug Foundation: Nitrous oxide – uses, impacts and risks
Feb 3, 2023
The Alcohol and other Drug Foundation has released an information resource on nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “nangs”. With the use of these inhalants gradually increasing over recent years, it is important for workers to be informed about their effects and potential risks.
Short-term effects of nangs include euphoria, happiness, or excitement, as well as dissociative sensations, changes in thoughts and feelings, and visual and auditory hallucinations. Inhaling directly from canisters or tanks can cause frostbite to the nose, lips and throat, and faulty gas dispensers may even explode and cause harm. Signs of overdose can include loss of consciousness, irregular heartbeat, and seizures.
To reduce the risks when using nitrous oxide, people should avoid using alone or in dangerous or isolated places, use a balloon instead of inhaling straight from the canister, and avoid mixing with alcohol or other drugs.