Alkyl Nitrites

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Other names

Poppers, Alkyl Nitrites, Butyl Nitrate, Isobutyl Nitrite Product names include: Ram, Thrust, Rock Hard, Kix, TNT, Liquid Gold

What is looks like & how it is taken

Clear or straw-coloured liquid in a small bottleVapour which is breathed in through the mouth or nose from a small bottle or tube

The effects

Brief but intense ‘head-rush’
Flushed face and neck
Effects fade after 2 to 5 minutes

The health risks

Headache, feeling faint, and sick
Regular use can cause skin problems around the mouth and nose
Dangerous for people with anaemia, glaucoma, and breathing or heart problems
If spilled, can burn the skin
May be fatal if swallowed
Mixing Viagra with alkyl nitrates may increase the risk of heart problems

Legal Status

Amyl Nitrite is controlled under the Medicines Act
Possession is not illegal, but supply can be an offence