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Like someone mentioned, nitrous oxide is administered by professionals. There's a difference between a doctor using nitrous oxide on a dental procedure vs. using on your own unsupervised. It's not meant to be a recreational do-it-yourself substance. You could over-administer and die, get frost bite, or get really sick because nitrous oxide can drain the body of important vitamins. 

The last thing any people on this board need is an alternative to inhale.  Sure, it's less dangerous... but still dangerous.  And you're just substituting one drug for another and not addressing your addiction problem.

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Unfortunately, I had a close friend die from inhaling 100% nitrous oxide. It was devastating, and I hope none of you ever have to experience losing a friend at a young age.

As a physician, I can tell you that nitrous oxide is not a safe gas to inhale. While rare, inhalation has been known to cause accidental death. For those of you who don't believe there is any evidence to support this, here are a few references:

Bowen, S. E., Daniel, J., & Balster, R. L. (1999). Deaths associated with inhalant abuse in Virginia from 1987 to 1996. Drug and alcohol dependence, 53(3), 239-245.

Courville, C. B., & HENDERSON, Y. (1958). Asphyxia as a consequence of nitrous oxide anesthesia. Survey of Anesthesiology, 2(5), 523.

Gowitt, G. T., & Hanzlick, R. L. (1992). Atypical autoerotic deaths. The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology, 13(2), 115-119.

Leadbeatter, S. (1988). Dental Anesthetic Death: An Unusual Autoerotic Episode. The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology, 9(1), 60-63.

Potocka-Banas, B., Majdanik, S., Dutkiewicz, G., Borowiak, K., & Janus, T. (2011). Death caused by addictive inhalation of nitrous oxide. Human & experimental toxicology, 0960327111401437.

Winek, C. L., Wahba, W. W., & Rozin, L. (1995). Accidental death by nitrous oxide inhalation. Forensic science international, 73(2), 139-141.

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My daughter is in her 30's and I went to her home because people kept calling here for her. She was doing duster into her open mouth.  15 cans I counted.  I cleaned up the evidence and called an ambulance.  she was groggy talking and hated me for intervening.
She has been using computer cleaner for 15 years.  I've known and put her in rehab x 2 with her coming out of rehab and rushing to Walmart.  She has a great job.  And has never
done itat work, but who really knows what goes on.  Now she says I got her evicted from
her tiny dump room she slept in.  I tried to make her place nicer.  Bought her a microwave, shelves, detergents, socks, clothes anything she might need.  Why would I want her to go to the hospital, to stop the huffing if only for 5 hours.  Now she has gone and rented a hotel by the week and is looking for another home.  I told her she could come home.  She still got in trouble while at home.  I cannot babysit all the Please tell me
the truth, no saying I'm so sorry, it doesn't help.  Thank you for your consideration of the problem.

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