"HIPPY Crack" Nitrous Oxide to be Illegal by End of Year
The UK government has confirmed that nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas" or "HIPPY crack," will be made illegal by the end of the year as part of a major drugs crackdown. Users of the gas could face up to two years in prison.
Laughing Gas: A Popular Drug among Young People
Laughing gas is the third most commonly used drug among 16 to 24-year-olds in England. It is believed to be responsible for anti-social behavior and yobs terrorizing communities.
Home Secretary: Zero-Tolerance Approach to Antisocial Behavior
Home Secretary Suella Braverman stated that the government promised a zero-tolerance approach to antisocial behavior earlier this year. The use of laughing gas as a drug will not be tolerated, and those caught could face hefty fines or jail time.
Penalties for Laughing Gas Users and Dealers
Individuals caught with laughing gas could be subjected to an unlimited fine in addition to potential jail time. For dealers, prison sentences range from two to 14 years.
Testing for Class A Drugs
Law enforcement has been given the authority to test individuals arrested for all Class A drugs, including ecstasy. Over 50,000 drug tests for cocaine and opiates have been conducted in the past year.
Government Takes Action to Protect Public Health
Crime and Policing Minister Chris Philp emphasized the need to address the dangers of abusing laughing gas. The possession of laughing gas will become an offense for the first time, and the maximum sentence for supply will be doubled to 14 years.
By cracking down on the use and sale of laughing gas, the UK government is sending a clear message that drug abuse and anti-social behavior will not be tolerated. The aim is to safeguard public health and ensure that communities are not plagued by the negative consequences of drug misuse.
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