Since the start of the health crisis, nitrous oxide has been inhaled in all of Toulouse’s neighborhoods. This excessive consumption exasperates the inhabitants.
In the streets of Toulouse, empty bottles of nitrous oxide “Cream Deluxe” or “Smartwhip” litter the ground. In some neighborhoods, some spots are well known to laughing gas consumers. In August, a group of residents denounced the inaction of the municipal police to stop “young people who were drugging” in the Fernand Sastre car park in Toulouse, continues noise pollution.
Since then, the place seems to have regained its calm. But a stone’s throw away, in the Aldi car park and its surroundings, rue Pradet, empty cylinders are found every week. Before, the place was closed in the evening, but it is now open at all hours, ”denounces Mathilde (1), resident.
In the evenings, especially on weekends, it would be nearly thirty people who would come to drink a few shots and inhale nitrous oxide. I hear “boom-boom” almost every night. My neighbors who have double glazing suffered the same thing, proof that the noise nuisance is present ”.
Mathilde continues: “It should also be noted that in addition to alcohol and laughing gas, other problems such as prostitution or different types of trafficking occur. The neighborhood is making more calls to the municipal police. “But nothing changes, they sometimes pass. Once gone, everything resumes, ”says the resident of rue Pradet. The consumption of nitrous oxide has increased in recent months. Especially among young people. This substance used in baking is fashionable among young people. The municipal decree prohibiting its consumption on public roads has had little effect. The cylinders slowly empty themselves of their gas. Balloons are always filling up.