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Rising Nitrous Oxide Use Sparks Concern Among Kildare Youth, Reflecting National Trend

It is popular at festivals and among young adults aged 18–24.

Concerns have been raised over the surge in nitrous oxide popularity among Kildare's youth, echoing a nationwide trend.

A recent Health Research Board report highlights the substance's prevalence, especially at festivals and among young adults aged 18–24.

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as 'laughing gas', though not controlled under Ireland's Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, faces restrictions when sold for its psychoactive properties.

Data from various sources signal a worrying uptick in nitrous oxide use among both adult and youth populations in Ireland, with increased availability and usage in social settings.

Cllr Chris Pender said: "The findings from the HRB report are alarming and underscore a growing issue within our community that cannot be ignored. Nitrous oxide, a potentially harmful substance, is gaining traction among our young people, with evidence of its use prevalent during social gatherings, festivals, and school breaks."

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