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article imagePolice have last laugh in Marbella 'nitrous oxide' arrests

By Anne Sewell     Sep 10, 2013 in World
Marbella - Three British expats have been detained by Spanish police for distributing nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) in balloons at a bar in Marbella, popular resort on the Costa del Sol, Spain.
In a raid of a bar in the glamorous tourist resort of Marbella, the manager and two female bartenders were recently detained.
It turns out they had been selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide, which induces euphoria and laughter when inhaled, for five euros ($6.50) a dose.
While we all need a good laugh sometimes, the sale of nitrous oxide for recreational purposes is prohibited in Spain, due to possible harmful side effects.
According to Spain's Interior Ministry in a statement released on Monday:
"The practice of Inhaling nitrous oxide-filled balloons is now entering certain areas of leisure, being conceptualized by young people as a new and inexpensive way to get high, without them being aware of the true health hazard involved."
Among the health dangers are eye, nose and throat irritation and reduced blood pressure.
The police statement continued:
“Police learned that the sale of the product was carried out openly by employees of the establishment as part of their duties under the supervision of the manager, who controlled the activity and kept the money collected from the sale of the product.”
Nitrous oxide is used legitimately in several ways, including the numbing of pain during medical procedures, such as dentistry, but is illegal for private use in Spain.
Satirical cartoon depicting the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
Satirical cartoon depicting the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
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