Possession of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, was made illegal from 8 November 2023. Previously selling it, making it, or using it for recreational purposes was banned. Now you could also face legal consequences if you have it on your person.
Earlier this year we launched Staying Safe, an e-learning module, designed to give you up to date information to help keep yourself and others safe.
Designed by experts in medicine, drugs, the law, sexual consent and most importantly, our students, this is a platform you can use throughout your time at Manchester to get clued up about drink and drugs. Staying Safe takes a no-judgement harm reduction approach and contains accurate and useful information and advice, including nitrous oxide and its affects.
Other sources of support
- There are free and anonymous drug testing kits available on campus, from the Students’ Union Advice Service.
- We share MANDRAKE drug alerts to Student News, so you know when substances in Manchester are being mis-sold or have contaminants in them.
- Drug and Alcohol Peer Support (DAPS), run by students, for students, provides a place to talk openly about drug and alcohol use and find community. You can find out more on their Instagram here.
- Eclypse, a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for young people in Manchester are also available to speak to at the Advice Service.
- If you have significant issues or want medical advice, you can speak to the University GP service.
- Advice and information for students who use drugs can be found on Student News here.