Poppers are available in the form of gold colored liquid. The chemical name of 'poppers' is amyl or butyl nitrate which comes in a bottle or in small glasses vials' which are popped open. Historically is has been used to treat angina, mainly used today to treat emergency cases.
Poppers are commonly sold in clubs, joke and sex shops. They are often used to heighten sexual arousal. The drug is popular amongst the gay community, but is also used by young people at clubs and raves; the perception of time is also altered.
Common street names:
Poppers, liquid gold, TNT, rush, stud, stag, ram, snappers, bananas, hi-tech, rave, Amyl nitrate, Butyl nitrate, bullet, locker room
How they are taken:
The vapors are inhaled through the nose and/or mouth, the nose most commonly
The effects are immediate, within 30-40 seconds, but last only a few minutes. Face flushes, head and neck perspire. Blood pressure is reduced and heart rate accelerates which produces a rushing sensation. Some people experience headaches and nausea; effects last from 30 sec. to 5 mins.
The reduction in blood pressure can result in loss of balance and fainting, especially if people are involved in physical activity like dancing. The likelihood of accidents is increased and people with heart or blood pressure are more at risk. Poppers increase pressure within the eyeball and should not be used by anyone with glaucoma. Regular use can also lead to problems around the nose and mouth. Swallowing a large quantity can lead to unconsciousness. Some deaths have occurred this way. Long term use can lead to nausea, dizziness, delirium and impaired respiration.
Headache : flushing of the face, decreased in blood pressure and increase pulse
Dizziness : relaxation of involuntary muscles especially the blood vessel walls and the anal sphincter.
Light headed : dizzy, slowed perception of time.
Nausea : vomiting decreased blood pressure and respiration fainting
Coldness of the skin : Possible circulatory collapse and death.
In the UK amyl nitrates are medicines controlled under the medicines act. They are available only on prescription from medical professionals and therefore the sale or supply under any other circumstances is unauthorized.