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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Photo of Dessie EllisDessie Ellis (Dublin North West, Sinn Fein)
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688. To ask the Minister for Health the options available which will be explored for the banning of the use or sale of nitrous oxide capsules, also known as hippie crack (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11455/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Nitrous Oxide has various legitimate uses, medical, non-medical and industrial and because of its legitimate uses it is not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977-2016 or under the International Drug Conventions.

Under Section 3 of the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010 it is an offence to, inter, sell, import or export a psychoactive substance for human consumption, including Nitrous Oxide.

The Criminal Justice Psychoactive Substances Act 2010 is the responsibility of the Department of Justice and Equality and the matter would be more appropriately directed to that Department.


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