Less than 24 hours after The Sun published pictures of Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood inhaling hippy crack also known as nitrous oxide, the 18-year-old England international has come out to urge people not to follow his example.
Futballnews has reported earlier that there was a video in The Sun possession showing the Manchester United youngster inhaling hippy crack which many people refer to as laughing gas. He and an unknown girl were reportedly in his Manchester apartment when he was carrying out the act.
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Inhaling hippy crack has the potential to cause heart attack and brain damage to the users of the drug. It could also go as far as leading to memory loss and vitamin deficiency.
Nitrous oxide (hippy crack) is used in surgery and dentistry, for its anesthetic and pain-reducing effects. It has euphoric effects upon inhaling it, a property that has led to its recreational use as a dissociative anesthetic. It is also used as an oxidizer in rocket propellants, and in motor racing to increase the power output of engines.
It was reported that teenagers around the age bracket of Mason Greenwood are always fond of inhaling the substance in Manchester and his environs.
Greenwood reportedly inhaled the drug weeks before he got his first England national team call up. His club manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his national team coach Gareth Southgate were not aware that the youngster was a user of such a drug.
England national team player and Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was the first known Premier League player that was caught inhaling the drug in September 2013.
As of the last check, there is no record that says that the drug is banned by any sports associations but it is said to be unsafe for people who are not medical practitioners.
“I strongly urge others not to follow my example,” Greenwood said in a statement issued today, September 13, 2020.
“I have now been made aware of the health rijudgmentiated with this practice and accept that even trying it, as shown in these historical pictures, was poor judgement on my part.
“As an 18-year-old, I am learning all the time. However, this week I have also learned I will be judged to a higher standard because of my career as a footballer and I must respect that in the future.
“I am determined to repay the faith shown in me by my manager and coaches.”