Nitrous oxide canisters are often used to make whipped cream, but they have become another entry in today’s drug culture. A whip-it is a street name for a form of nitrous oxide inhalant. Inhaling whip-its sent actress Demi Moore to the hospital earlier this week, suffering what has been called a seizure.
People can find canisters of nitrous oxide with kitchen supplies in stores. Balloons filled with nitrous oxide are often found at concerts, and the gas can be taken from cans of Reddi-Whip, according to the New York Daily News.
TMZ reported that a friend of Moore called paramedics after the actress was found shaking and fell into semi-consciousness after inhaling whip-its.
According to the Baltimore Sun, a representative for Moore, 49, said she is being treated for "exhaustion." A statement for Moore read: "Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health."
ABC News reported that Moore’s ex-husband Ashton Kutcher has been in Brazil on a fashion assignment and has been seen at nightclubs with celebrities. Kutcher had no comment about Moore for photographers. The couple divorced late in 2011 after reports of alleged infidelity by Kutcher.
But People magazine sources said that Moore's prescription drug use was a significant factor in the couple’s marriage ending, calling it a “sticking point” for Kutcher. "He wanted her to take care of herself and get a hold of things, and she wouldn't,” the source said.
Moore was going to play feminist Gloria Steinem in an upcoming movie about "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace, but has dropped out of the role.