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Santa Clara County and City of San Jose crack down on illegal use and distribution of drug ‘whip-its’


SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — A common cooking tool has another use as an inhalant drug, and city and county leaders in South Bay want the public to be aware of the damage it causes.

“Whip-its” are canisters of nitrous oxide used to make whipped cream, it is illegally inhaled or blown.

Drug use has been blamed for destroying families throughout the Bay Area, and you may not know about drug use until it affects someone you know. or love.

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This was the case with De Anna Mirzadegan and whip-its.

“A lot of kids think it’s safe, so they’re looking for a high that they think is safe,” Mirzadegan says. “But it’s not safe. So they’re fooled by it and it’s addictive.”

Nitrous oxide can cause severe neurological damage and even death. People have been using it for decades.

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“It’s a much bigger problem than people thought,” Mirzadegan said.

Mirzadegan brought the matter to the attention of Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and San Jose City Council member Dev Davis.

Now South Bay leaders are working together to reduce the problems this drug can cause.

“A number of people have tried to push initiatives through the state and they have failed,” Chavez said. “I think that means cities across the state, parents across the state, and even young people across the state need to lean in so we can have much safer restrictions.”

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Although it is legal to buy the canisters for cooking purposes, some smokehouses sell them.

City leaders therefore want to educate the public and crack down on where they are being sold.

“Obviously most bakers don’t go to vape stores to get their boxes of whipped cream and that’s really why we need to close this loophole,” Davis said. “Places that sell inhalants should not sell nitrous oxide. It’s not a safe inhalant.”

Police tell us they will work with city leaders on inspections of places where whip-its are sold to address issues of illegal distribution.

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