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What are Poppers?
Poppers are usually found in the form of a liquid chemical sold in a small bottle. They are a group of chemicals called alkyl nitrites. Specific alkyl nitrites include butyl nitrite, isopropyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite and amyl nitrite. They dilate the blood vessels and allow more blood to get to the heart.
The key effects of poppers can include:
- A short, sharp head-rush like ‘high’.
- Enhanced sexual experiences.
- Chemical burns with the development of a rash around the nose and mouth, and/or irritation of the nose and throat.
- Feelings of sickness, faintness and weakness.
- Death – if swallowed; or if used by individuals with heart problems.
See also: Volatile Substances
What do poppers look like?
Poppers are a liquid chemical (a nitrites), sold in small bottles with brand names like Ram, Thrust and Rock Hard.
In the past when nitrites were used to treat angina (chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart) they came in small glass capsules that were popped open and sniffed, hence the name poppers.
Poppers are commonly sold as room aromas or deodorisers in sex shops, some clubs, market stalls and online.