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Ex-Government drug advisor: 'They've banned nitrous oxide because they hate young people enjoying themselves'

Ex-Government drug advisor: 'They've banned nitrous oxide because they hate young people'

Ex-Government chief drug advisor Professor David Nutt has claimed that the government’s new ban on laughing gas "concocted and continue to perpetuate this lie" about deaths caused by legal highs.

Nutt has questioned Home Office's decision to make nitrous oxide, the second most used recreational drug in the UK and massively popular at music festivals, illegal. He sees it as rather political gesturing than a real concern for health:

"My view is that there are almost no deaths from legal highs at all... Head shops don't sell illegal drugs. They're the good guys. They're selling drugs which are known to be relatively safe. Attacking head shops is like attacking sex shops because you think they lower the tone of your town."

Nutt continued to reference history: "Some of the greatest minds in the history of Britain, the people that made British science, used nitrous oxide. Wordsworth and the Romantic poets used nitrous oxide. The guy who popularised the use of nitrous oxide, Humphry Davy, was friends with Wordsworth and Coleridge. Nitrous oxide has been around as a medicine and a way of people understanding a different way of feeling for 200 years. Banning it now is pathetic. They'll be putting yellow stars on drug takers' foreheads soon. It is a peculiar attack on being anything other than a member of the Bullingdon Club - but they did drugs, didn't they? I think this is just about young people enjoying themselves, and they hate that because they're miserable sods."

Theresa May will publish the bill implementing the ban this Friday.

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