Lincolnshire Police are increasing patrols in the Boultham Park area after officers seized a quantity of nitrous oxide canisters – otherwise known as ‘laughing gas’.
Officers discovered the canisters in Boultham Park and Westwick Gardens in Lincoln.
The force and partner agencies have expressed concern for the effect they will be having on users of the product.
Nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’, is a substance with a number of legitimate uses in medicine and catering. It is also however a popular recreational drug amongst young people.
Officers stated: “Inhaling nitrous oxide can be dangerous and can lead to loss of blood pressure, fainting and even heart attack.
“Prolonged exposure to nitrous oxide may also result in bone marrow suppression and poisoning of the central nervous system.
“These risks are likely to be exacerbated if the exposure to the gas is combined with alcohol or other drugs.”
PCSO Matt Flack has said the local policing team, along with the special constabulary, will be increasing patrols in the area over coming weeks to highlight the dangers of using the product.
Anyone with concerns with regards to nitrous oxide can discuss them with PCSO Flack, he can be contacted on 07939996773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.