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Los Gatos Man Busted For Possession of Nitrous Oxide, Laughing Gas

Sheriff's deputies find local resident with anesthetic used as recreational drug.

This was no laughing matter ...

Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies arrested a Los Gatos man two weeks ago on suspicion of being in possession of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.

According to a sheriff's report, Alexander McNulty, 20, was booked for the crime at 10:55 a.m. March 21 at the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, 55 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose.

McNulty, whose occupation is described in the report as a student, was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly having the recreational-use drug that is often administered to patients as an anesthetic during dental treatments.

McNulty was also charged with misdemeanor underage possession of alcohol.

It's illegal for persons under the age of 21 to drive any motor vehicle carrying any alcoholic beverage, unless they're accompanied by a parent, responsible adult relative, any other adult designated by the parent, or legal guardian for the purpose of transportation of an alcoholic beverage, according to the California Vehicle Code.

It's not clear from the report in what form the nitrous oxide, or "noz" was contained in, whether it was a small tank, a mislabeled canister, or a balloon.

The FDA has recently cracked down on the illegal use of nitrous oxide and authorities say the gas has become more mainstream, being used by young people at rave-style parties.

LGCRC Coffee drinker April 06, 2013 at 02:48 PM
This picture glamorizes recreational drug use and demeans women. It should be taken down immediately. Young people die from this type of experimentation all of the time.
James George April 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM
LGCRC, you are so right. When I looked at the report, I thought what does this picture have to do with that.
LGCRC Coffee drinker April 06, 2013 at 04:44 PM
drug facilitated rape link - NOS listed http://www.gvsu.edu/women_cen/drug-facilitated-rape-70.htm
LGCRC Coffee drinker April 06, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Signs and symptoms. Abusers report feeling extremely euphoric, dizzy, and detached and numb while high on nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide abusers also report auditory and visual hallucinations. The high often lasts for three to five minutes. During repeated use, nitrous oxide has been shown to damage the cingulated cortex in the brain, which is responsible for general awareness; and the retrosplenial region, which controls episodic memory. Symptoms of abuse include nausea, slurred speech, lack of coordination and depression. Repeated use also causes B12 vitamin deficiency. Even if the nitrous oxide abuser does not overdose, it can put them at risk for anemia. Nitrous oxide reduces red blood cell count since it pushes oxygen out of the blood stream. That can lead to nerve and organ damage.
LGCRC Coffee drinker April 06, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Fatal danger. Repeated nitrous oxide abuse causes fatal danger because it causes respiratory depression, also known as hypoventilation. This prevents carbon dioxide from leaving the body, which in turn reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the brain. When the brain does not receive enough oxygen, seizures and loss of consciousness can happen. A common side effect after use is vomiting. Therefore, an unconscious nitrous oxide abuser cannot clear the airway of vomit. Asphyxiation can also occur and cause death since the nitrous oxide has replaced oxygen in the lungs.
LGCRC Coffee drinker April 06, 2013 at 11:13 PM
super creepy Marlin Brandt Pohlman, a 43-year-old man accused of drugging and sexually assaulting four women he met at parties, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Multnomah County Circuit Court to 25 allegations. One woman said she met Pohlman at a rave where he provided people with free drugs, including ecstasy and nitrous oxide. http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/03/court_records_allege_malvin_po.html
Victoria Doll April 07, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I am in complete agreement with LGCRC comments about this photo. It should be taken down immediately for exactly the reasons he/she states.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz April 07, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I don't think you have to take that Pic down. I think that it doesn't promote recreational drug entertainment. People are going to do whatever they want to do to get a High, if they choose to. It seems that in past times to the present our Society feels that they have to "Blame-Shift". And not take on their responsibility for the choices one makes. C'mon now "OWN YOUR STUFF"!
LGCRC Coffee drinker April 08, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Rather than young drunk women dancing- how about this??? http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oG7kVODWJRpicAFghXNyoA?p=skull+and+crossbones&fr=yfp-t-900&fr2=piv-web It's not a responsibility thing. Some younger women just don't know any better. One encounter could ruin someone's life.
freetime April 08, 2013 at 06:23 AM
coffee drinker what kinds of recreational drugs have you tried?

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