From 8 November 2023 the law changed to make possession of nitrous oxide (N2O, NOZ, NOS) illegal 2023 if it is, or is likely to be, wrongfully inhaled. It is now classified as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 197 (please see guidance below)
Nitrous Oxide is widely used by young people and this change in law is likely to have a significant impact in terms of increased criminalisation and exclusion. Young People may not be aware the law has changed.
Cranstoun- Here4YOUth are currently working with Cranstoun Diversion programmes to encourage and support community resolutions, to support and not punish wherever possible.
Here4YOUth are happy to accept referrals for young people that use or have used N2O, particularly heavier use from larger cannisters as this is an indicator of higher risk Young Person Professional Referral Form – Cranstoun. We can offer harm reduction support, drug education, and comprehensive psychosocial interventions.
Please see updated government guidance, and link to information about Nitrous Oxide here:
Nitrous oxide ban: guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) – Everything You Need to Know – Drug Science
If you would like support from Cranstoun Here4YOUth either for a child or young person you are working with, do not hesitate to get in touch.