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Amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite...


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Remember: All drugs, including the misuse of prescribed medication, can pose serious health risks, up to and including possible death.

What are Poppers?

Poppers is the term for the group of chemicals known as alkyl nitrates that include amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite and isobutyl nitrite. They come as a clear or straw-coloured liquid in a small bottle or tube. The vapour is inhaled through the mouth or nose.

Also known as: Liquid gold, high-tech, rave, rush, ram, thrust, locker room, snappers, hardware, rock hard, and TNT.

What are the effects?

  • Light-headedness, giddiness, heat flush or heightened sensual awareness. This is known as a headrush.
  • Some users may also experience the impression of time slowing down.
  • The effects fade two to five minutes after use.
  • Users are often left with a headache.

Dangers of poppers:

  • Side effects of sniffing poppers may include headaches, nausea, coughing, dizziness, and in serious instances users may completely pass out
  • Regular use can cause skin problems around the mouth and nose
  • If spilled, poppers can burn the skin
  • Alkyl nitrites reduce blood pressure. This makes it dangerous for people with anaemia, glaucoma, breathing or heart problems
  • Poppers can be fatal if swallowed. Do not drink poppers.
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Published February 20th, 2013
Last updated September 28th, 2015
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