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HIEDA/BSA – Nitrous Oxide

24th November 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Date: 24 November 2023
  • Time: 14:00 – 15:00
  • Venue: Zoom (online) – webinar

Audience: School Nurses, Boarding Staff, Senior Pastoral Leaders, Health Workers, PSHE Coordinators and anyone working in a supportive role with young people.

Course outline

Nitrous Oxide is one of the most commonly used recreational drugs by young people. The law has recently changed regarding its possession. Nitrous Oxide is now classified as a Class C drug and possession could carry a sentence of up to two years in prison. Attendees will receive a full update on current facts and figures surrounding Nitrous Oxide and its misuse by young people.

Training topics will include:

  • Nitrous Oxide (NOS, Laughing Gas)– What is it and why it is now ranked third most popular recreational substance used by teenagers
  • The legal status of Nitrous Oxide since the law change on November 8 2023
  • Health implications (short and long term) identified with those that use this substance
  • Physical signs and symptoms to look out for in respect of possible use
  • The types of NOS canisters and associated paraphernalia
  • Updating policies to reflect recent law changes.

Learning outcomes:

  • Strengthen knowledge and understanding of recent trends in use of Nitrous Oxide
  • Increase confidence and competence in speaking to parents and children about the facts, myths and effects of Nitrous Oxide
  • Increase awareness of sources of support, advice and signposting to be able to offer appropriate support to a young person and their parents who are encountering difficulties due to use of Nitrous Oxide.


  • Member Rate: £65
  • Additional Member Delegate Fee: £30
  • Non-member Rate: £130*

*If you would like to become a member and access discounted rates for Hieda CPD and events, please click here.

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Dave Parvin

A former Drug Squad Officer- Dave has seen the damage and destruction first hand that  ‘drugs’ can bring to those who choose to have a life that involves the use of these substances and as such is passionate about raising the awareness of the ‘potential risks and dangers’ associated with this life style. Since leaving the police Dave over the last 17 years has delivered hundreds of Drug Awareness Sessions to Schools and Colleges all over the country engaging with all parties (Students/Staff and Parental Sessions) to ensure his key message about raising the awareness of the real risks and dangers associated with many substances young people in particular are likely to come into contact with. He does not preach and delivers his presentations in a ‘non judgemental manner’ in his own ‘unique style’, ensuring that his audiences engage with him from the very minute he starts to speak. He also has strong links with NAMSS (National Association for Managers of Student Services), the BSA (Boarding School Association) and Hieda (Health in Education) delivering bespoke Drug Awareness Training events for their staff (including work overseas with international schools).


24th November 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Health in Education Association