Nitrous oxide gas has been banned from pubs after reports of an increase in use of the legal high.
Wellingborough’s Pubwatch group and police have teamed up to ban the legal high being taken in their premises.
Nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas – has several legitimate uses, but when inhaled it can make people feel euphoric and relaxed. Some people hallucinate.
However, there is also a risk of death as it can lead to a lack of oxygen. The risk is likely to be greater if the gas is consumed in an enclosed space or if a substantial amount is used rapidly.
Wellingborough Pubwatch spokesman Sanjai Tailor said: “Members raised concern after we witnessed an increased use of nitrous oxide balloons over the summer months. It was decided that Pubwatch venues would ban their use as we were informed that use of this substance could be fatal.We are aware people may use these things, but we would not like them used in our venues.”
While reports show nitrous oxide is being widely used across the country, such as at music festivals, Mr Tailor said they will not tolerate it in Wellingborough.
He said: “Wellingborough has a strong night-time economy which is operated by well-run venues. What we are not prepared to do is let something like this fad become an issue in our venues.”
Mr Tailor said colleagues have found remnants of balloons and canisters on the floor and are keen to nip the problem in the bud.
Sergeant Sharan Wildman of Wellingborough Police said: “We have recently seen an increase in canisters located across Wellingborough town centre by the street cleaners after the weekend. It is being tackled by Pubwatch.”
Posters are going up at Pubwatch premises across Wellingborough informing people of the ban.