Nitrous Oxide: Coronavirus

Home Office written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the change in the level of the use of nitrous oxide during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the provisions available for communities to educate people on the dangers of nitrous oxide inhalation as a psychoactive substance.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

Public Health England continues to provide information on the dangers of nitrous oxide through FRANK and support in schools. FRANK, the government’s drug information and advisory website, provides information on a wide range of drugs, including advice on what to do if people are concerned about their own use of the drug, or someone else’s use. It is regularly updated in response to changing patterns of drug use and emerging information. FRANK also signposts users to support services and provides a 24 hour free-to-use confidential helpline, text and email message services and online chat. FRANK offers information about nitrous oxide covering the risks of use, including taking it with alcohol.

FRANK receives over 500,000 visits per month with high levels of awareness and trust. User research commissioned by Public Health England has shown that 83% of 18 to 24 year old adults are aware of the site and 85% of its users trust FRANK to provide reliable information about drugs.

The government is continuing to monitor the effect of Covid-19 on drug use and markets through official sources and through our partners.

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