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Amyl nitrate

A liquid chemical sold in a small bottle, usually sniffed

Also called:

  • Amyls

  • Liquid Gold

  • Poppers

  • TNT

What does it look like?

Poppers are a liquid chemical (alkyl nitrites), sold in small bottles with brand names like Liquid Gold and Bang Aroma. Nitrates were once used to treat angina (chest pains) and came in small glass capsules that were popped open and sniffed, hence the name poppers. They are often sold as ‘room aromas’, ‘deodorisers’ and ‘leather cleaners’, but they’re not actually used in this way. They can be found in sex shops, clubs, market stalls and online.

What does it taste/smell like?

Poppers have a very strong solvent smell. You shouldn’t taste poppers, swallowing them is very dangerous. People have died from drinking poppers.

Physical health risks

  • Swallowing poppers can be fatal.

  • Sniffing poppers is potentially dangerous for anyone with heart problems, anaemia or glaucoma (an eye disease).

  • Sniffing poppers can make your blood pressure drop. You shouldn’t take them if you have problems with your blood pressure, are on any blood pressure medication, or if you're taking erectile dysfunction medication such as Viagra.

  • Fatal ‘sudden sniffing death syndrome’ has been reported due to development of an abnormal heart rhythm when taking poppers.

  • Users can also die from injury to red blood cells and reduced oxygen supply to vital organs, but this is very rare.

  • Poppers may lead to you losing consciousness and choking on your vomit. Using poppers with alcohol can increase this risk.

  • If you use poppers while you’re having sex, be aware that you may feel less inhibited and take risks – such as not using a condom. Because of this, poppers have been linked to people catching sexually transmitted diseases and injuring themselves during sex.

  • Poppers are highly flammable and can cause chemical burns on the skin, leading to rashes around the nose and mouth.

  • Poppers can cause nausea, headache, and disorientation.

  • In recent years, there have been reports of people experiencing temporary and permanent loss of vision after using poppers. If you are experience problems with your eyesight after using poppers we strongly advise you get medical advice.

Can you get addicted?

There’s no evidence to suggest that poppers are physically or psychologically addictive. But there is evidence to suggest that heavy users might develop a tolerance to the drug, and need to increase their use to get the same high.

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