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No laughing matter! Cops crack down on "hippy crack" in Khao San Road
 
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Picture: Thai Rath
 
Police raided traders in Khao San Road earlier this morning after it was "discovered" they were selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide - also called laughing gas or hippy crack. 
 
The anesthetic that has often been used as a recreational drug was openly on sale in the tourist street. 
 
Chana Songkram police chief Maj-Gen Sukhun Phromayon led a group of food and drug administration officials in the raid that netted nine traders. 
 
The Maj-Gen told Thai Rath that secret agents had informed his men after discovering that laughing gas was being sold in the street. 
 
(It is right next to the police station, notes Thaivisa). 
 
Many tourists were availing themselves of the nitrous oxide.
 
So his teams formulated a plan to bust them and end their balloon caper. 
 
Nine female and male traders were charged with selling medicines without a permit and selling unregistered drugs. 
 
The penalties are severe - five years jail and/or 10,000 baht fine for the former and 3 years/ 5,000 baht for the latter. 
 
Dr Tharet Krasanairawiwong said it was no laughing matter. 
 
The gas is legally used as an anesthetic in hospitals and in airbags in the car industry. 
 
But illegal use in entertainment areas is becoming ever more prevalent. 
 
Taking too much of the gas can cause nausea, vomiting, confusion, fainting fits, injuries and unconsciousness. 
 
Long term use can be hazardous with possible nerve and muscle damage. 
 
Source: Thai Rath
 
 
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2 hours ago, webfact said:

The gas is legally used as an anesthetic in hospitals and in airbags in the car industry. 

It's odd, I've yet to hear of anyone in fits of laughter after being pulled from a car crash when the airbag has inflated.

Perhaps it's why firemen use breathing apparatus so often, just so be on the serious safe side?

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2 hours ago, webfact said:
 
The gas is legally used as an anesthetic in hospitals 

Which would be rather ironic if it was you're Nitrous Oxide motor that put you there as it's used as a performance tool in the car ( and  bike ) world ..

 

3 hours ago, webfact said:

they were selling balloons filled with nitrous 

That is so without class .. Not to mention difficult to hide a balloon full of the stuff in you're pocket .. The Brit' yoof prefer to get their laughing gear around small container's of the stuff as it's easier to sneak into bars .. 

 

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10 minutes ago, Justgrazing said:

Which would be rather ironic if it was you're Nitrous Oxide motor that put you there as it's used as a performance tool in the car ( and  bike ) world ..

 

That is so without class .. Not to mention difficult to hide a balloon full of the stuff in you're pocket .. The Brit' yoof prefer to get their laughing gear around small container's of the stuff as it's easier to sneak into bars .. 

 

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Yeah, but you try and sneak an 18,000 litre cannister into a bar:

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Those article are funny enough for me to laugh, no gas needed. I can't walk down a touristy walking street without being proposed many type of illegal drugs and those cops always act like they didn't even know this type of things could take place in Thailand.

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