Government urged to speed up regulations on laughing gas after recent death caused by recreational use

Taiwan English News
Date: November 19, 2019 
By: Phillip Charlier

The Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs was urged to speed up tightening regulations on the sale of nitrous oxide today, after a recent fatality related to its use as a recreational drug brought the issue to public attention.

New Power Party legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明), speaking to the Economics Committee of the Legislative Yuan urged the Industrial Development Bureau to not be idle on the task after fatality in Taoyuan City on November 11 was revealed to be the third case of death related to laughing gas in the city in the last six months.

At around noon, November 11, staff at a Taoyuan City motel located on Nanping Road entered a room after the occupants failed to check out on time, and did not respond to calls. Inside the room, the staff found two naked people unconscious.

A 17-year-old girl named Sheng (盛 ) was sitting at the end of the bed with her head propped in her hands, facing the ceiling with a look of tortured laughter on her face. Sheng was found to have died some time ago, being in a state of rigor mortis, while a 20-year-old man named Xiong (熊 ), also naked, was laying on the bed unconscious, but breathing.    [FULL  STORY]

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