A Brighton university student died after inhaling nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas.
An inquest took place at Brighton Coroner’s Court on Monday (22 June) which found that Aaron Dunford, 22, of Roundhill Crescent, Brighton, died as a result of misadventure.
The coroner found that Mr Dunford died from asphyxiation, resulting from inhalation of nitrous oxide, and chronic nerve pain.
His neural pain was probably the result of due to vitamin B12 deficiency caused by chronic use of nitrous oxide gas.
Mr Dunford was found dead at his home on Monday 2 March this year. The investigation into his death found that he was a regular laughing gas user. About 200 empty canisters were found in his room.
Sussex Police said: “Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to a laughing gas, has several legitimate uses but when inhaled it can give a person a feeling of light headedness or euphoria.
“It is becoming more and more popular to use as a way of achieving a short-term high and although it is not an offence to be in possession of it this does not mean it is safe to use.”
Detective Inspector Mick Jones, who has overseen the investigation on behalf of the coroner, said: “Anyone considering using this substance in this way should think again.
“The effect of asphyxia through inhalation could happen on the first occasion it is used or after repeated use.
“This tragic case has highlighted that even when it does not result in a fatality that there are longer-term effects on your health as, despite the deceased being a young man, he was unable to walk down a simple flight of steps due to the chronic pain he had in his knees which was a direct result of using nitrous oxide gas.”