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Newsletter plus Nitrous Oxide

Please see attached our monthly Newsletter for Burbage.

Nitrous Oxide

Concerns have been made through calls and social media posts regarding Nitrous Oxide (Little silver canisters) being found around Burbage.
This is not only a Burbage issue but it appears to be the latest trend amongst a minority of young adults and youths.
Please see https://www.talktofrank.com/drug/nitrous-oxide#the-law for the full information as to the law, effects and anything else you would like to know.
A quick summary though, at time of writing.

Risks
If you take too much nitrous oxide you risk falling unconscious and/or suffocating from the lack of oxygen. People have died this way.
Heavy regular use of nitrous oxide can lead to a deficiency of vitamin B12 and to a form of anaemia. Severe B12 deficiency can lead to serious nerve damage, causing tingling and numbness in the fingers and toes. This can be very painful and make walking difficult.
Regular use can stop you forming white blood cells properly.
It can be hard to judge the amount to use safely. If you have too much you can end up fainting, having an accident or worse.

The law,
This is a psychoactive drug and is covered by the 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act, which means it’s illegal to give away or sell.
There’s no penalty for possession, unless you’re in prison.
Supply and production can get you up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.

What are Burbage Police doing about Nitrous Oxide and ASB involving vehicles?

We have tracked down some of those involved and are/have completed home visits to discuss with parents and youths the dangers of their action. Section 59’s have been discussed (removing their vehicle) and Warning letters issued where necessary.

We have been completing additional patrols around all Burbage and Hinckley parks. We have been engaging with local youths and adults.

We are working with the Parish Council, HBBC and landlords where properties linked to this behaviour have been identified.

We have contacted our local school and will be completing presentations to children when COVID-19 allows. I have also asked that teachers advise children around this if they can.

Information we can get around those involved, gives us a chance to address these concerns. Not only to punish but to hopefully educate these people to try and prevent a life from being lost. Please ensure you tell us any information you have such as names, times, days, locations or vehicle registrations. This action is ongoing so please continue with your support.

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Thank you and Take care,

Darren 6035

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