What are poppers?
Poppers is the term used for the group
of chemicals known as alkyl nitrites, which include amyl nitrite, butyl
nitrite and isobutyl nitrite. Trade names of poppers include; Ram, Thrust,
Rock Hard, TNT and Liquid Gold.
Poppers are also known as rush
and can be brought legally.
What do poppers look like?
Poppers come as a clear or straw-coloured liquid
in a small bottle or tube.
How are poppers taken?
Poppers are volatile liquids, which are taken by
breathing in the powerful vapours through the mouth or nose from an
What are the immediate effects of poppers?
The vapours from poppers increase the heart rate and open up all the blood vessels, including those
around the heart, while lowering blood pressure.
Sniffing poppers gives an immediate rush of blood
to the brain, which feels like you are going over the top of a roller
coaster. The intense feeling wears off very quickly, within 2-5 minutes
but the sudden drop in blood pressure can make you feel very dizzy and
lose your balance (fall over).
Poppers can leave you with bad headaches and if
spilled can burn the skin. Regular use can cause skin problems around
the mouth and nose.
What are the long-term effects of poppers?
There is no evidence that poppers cause any long-term
damage, but drinking them could kill. If you have anaemia, glaucoma or heart problems using poppers could have fatal consequences.
What class drug are poppers?
Amyl nitrites (poppers) are a prescription only
medicine and though possession is not illegal, supplying can be an offence.