Lawmaker pushing to restrict nitrous sales

June 23, 2009 12:46:59 PM PDT
A state lawmaker from Antioch is pushing a bill to restrict the sale of nitrous oxide and stop teens and pre-teens from abusing it.

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The gas is commonly called "whippets" and is sold in small metal canisters that can be used to propel whipped cream, or relax you in the dentist's chair.

But, Assemblyman Tom Torlakson says 15 percent of eighth graders are using the whippets to get high. When inhaling the gas a person may breathe only ten percent air which can cause loss of consciousness, brain damage and suffocation.

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