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Poppers (Amyl Nitrite)


Amyl Nitrite


Thrust, Rock Hard, Kix, TNT, Liquid Gold, Poppers


An initial head rush that lasts a couple of minutes.


Nitrites originally came as small glass capsules that were popped open, hence the name. Now, they’re likely to be in small bottles with brand names like Ram, Thrust and Rock Hard. One sniff and you can feel the effects. These fade after a couple of minutes.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

The effects don't last long and can leave people feeling sick, faint and weak. Especially if taken while dancing. Poppers can give you an extreme headache.   Some people get a rash around their mouth. Poppers are toxic and can kill you if you swallow them.   Taking poppers is a dangerous idea for anyone with chest or heart problems, anaemia or glaucoma (an eye disease). One sniff and you can feel the effects. These fade after a couple of minutes.


Amyl nitrite is very rarely used in medicine these days but is controlled under the Medicines Act. Possession is not illegal but supply can be an offence. There’ve been cases where the Medicines Act was used to fine shops for selling them, but they're still sold as Room Aromas or Deodorisers in sex shops and some clubs.

  1. Amyl Nitrite is used as an antidote for cyanide poisoning.
  2. Some sky divers have used Amyl Nitrite before they throw themselves from the plane to intensify the rush.
  3. Doctors first used amyl nitrite in the 1860's as it widened the blood vessels and helped to ease chest pains.
  4. Amyl Nitrite is a highly volatile flammable liquid which evaporates at room temperature.
  5. The accidental or deliberate swallowing of Amyl Nitrite can be very dangerous and even fatal.
  6. Although Amyl Nitrite can cause heart-rate to increase, it is actually causing a drop in blood-pressure.
  7. Amyl Nitrite was discovered in 1857.
  8. When first used as a medicine, Amyl Nitrite came in a small glass capsule encased in cotton wool. This was crushed between the fingers resulting in a popping noise, giving the drug its street name – Poppers.
  9. Amyl Nitrite is produced by distilling Nitric Acid with Amylic Alcohol (Fusel Oil), Sulphuric Acid, and Copper, and purifying with Akalies by various intricate processes.
  10. The title of the song "Animal Nitrate" by Suede is a reference to Amyl Nitrite
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