Laugh­ing gas.

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Thes­sa­loniki pros­e­cu­tor Eleft­he­rios Michai­lidis asked yes­ter­day for the po­lice to step up a crack­down on laugh­ing gas. The sale of small can­is­ters of ni­trous ox­ide has become very pop­u­lar among young peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly on some Greek is­lands. Over the last few days, po­lice on Corfu have seized al­most 2,500 of the tiny can­is­ters and ar­rested six peo­ple for sell­ing laugh­ing gas at cafes and bars on the is­land. The gas is still used for pain re­lief by doc­tors in some cases but has gained in recre­ational use in re­cent years. It is one of the most widely used drugs in sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries and has been linked to sev­eral deaths. An 18-year-old Bri­tish tourist re­cently suf­fered brain dam­age from in­hal­ing the chem­i­cal while on hol­i­day on Crete.

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