Tuesday 24 October 2017

Irish soccer ace the latest Premier League footballer caught using legal high 'hippy crack'

Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Jack Grealish has been making headlines all week over his international future, but he could be set for more media focus after pictures emerged of the Aston Villa teenager appearing to get high on “hippy crack”.

Earlier this month pictures, dating back some months, emerged of Liverpool pair Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe smoking a shisha pipe and came on the back of a video apparently showing Sterling inhaling laughing gas and seemingly passing out.

The Sun has published pictures that appear to show the growing star taking the legal high that anti-drug campaigners have warned can kill.

Nitrous oxide is a gas that can make people feel relaxed, euphoric and giggly, leading to its nickname ''laughing gas''.

It is not illegal to be in possession of the substance, sometimes also known as ''hippie crack'', although it is prohibited from being sold in England and Wales to under-18s if there is a risk they will inhale it.

According to the government-funded drugs helpline FRANK, there is a risk of unconsciousness or even death from lack of oxygen - the nitrous oxide effectively pushes the oxygen out of the body.

The risk is increased if the gas is taken in an enclosed space or if a plastic bag is used that covers both nose and mouth.

The situation regarding the international future of Grealish has prompted a lot of debate on both sides of the Irish Sea.

An article from Martin Samuel yesterday in the Daily Mail which appeared under the headline, 'Abolish the crazy rules that allow Jack Grealish to play for the Republic of Ireland' has sparked a lot of reaction from Twitter users here.

Kevin Grealish earlier this declined to answer a question on his son's preferences during a radio interview.

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