Anorak | Nitrous Oxide laugh in: Spurs and England’s Kyle Walker is a victim of the Daily Mail’s drugs misinformation policy

Nitrous Oxide laugh in: Spurs and England’s Kyle Walker is a victim of the Daily Mail’s drugs misinformation policy

by | 9th, September 2013

Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker

SPURS and England defender Kyle Walker has been pictured inhaling laughing gas from a balloon. The picture was taken last June. Is that bad? Well, taking any stimulant is not a healthy option. He won’t be doing it again.

The Sunday Mirror  was aghast and thundered:

“This photograph was taken as he was recovering from an injury that forced him to miss England’s friendly double-header against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.”

Injured footballer on holiday inhales nitrous oxide. Is that a big deal? Well, it is if you sit on the picture and wait until the eve of England’s big match in the Ukraine to publish it.

Neil Ashton writes in the Mail :

‘The FA insist that Walker, who has seven caps and is expected to start against Ukraine, has not broken any laws or behaved in a way that affects his standing with the England team.”

Well, he’s not broken any laws.

But Ashton says it’s bad because the drug creates “feelings of euphoria that have been likened to heroin or crack cocaine”.

One might say the drugs has been likened to heroine and crack by nitrous oxide fiends who have not taken heroin and crack.

Indeed, the Mail hears from a Steve Ream, director of the charity Re-Solv which works to prevent volatile substance abuse, said:

“Although inhaling nitrous-oxide out of balloons is quite innocuous we are concerned that for some people it can lead to other types of solvent abuse.”

Still, the Mail calls it “hippy crack” . And notes how prevalent it is:

Nitrous oxide – known as laughing gas because it can have euphoric effects when inhaled – has been used as an anaesthetic since the 1840s and is used in up to half of the operations carried out in the UK.

Blimey. Thousands of us are in peril. Have any other footballers who have gone under the knife taken it?

That fact created the Mail’s  not-in-the-least-bit-scaremongering headline:

Laughing gas ‘may raise risk of heart attack’

The Mail then told pregnant women that gas and air is fine:

If you do decide on drugs to help with the pain, there are several choices…’Gas and air’ is the name given to nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas. Some women find it very helpful and like the fact that it wears off after a short while.


Walker’s hit, however, has lasted three months.

Any how, it’s good to see that the Mail is keeping it’s own head level as talk of drugs swirls about the place. This is the paper that reported in 2012:

It’s no laughing matter… Nitrous oxide may have caused the end of the last ice age – and could yet accelerate global warming

So. It’s natural. And it will end life on Earth as we know it. The paper then added:

Celebrities like Michelle Keegan have been pictured using the drug, which is illegal to sell for human consumption but readily available for the purpose of whipping cream

The Mail also noted:

The deadly rise of ‘hippy crack’: For celebrities, it’s the party drug du jour. Now inhaling laughing gas – is spreading to middle-class living rooms

And upper-class noses. Prince Harry’s taken it. The Mail thought that so seriously awful it made a

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