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Amyl Nitrite

Also known as:

Poppers, TNT, liquid gold, butyl nitrate, rush, ram, rock hard, thrust, kix.

The law

Supply is controlled by the Medicines Act 1968 and amyl nitrite is a prescription only medicine.

What is Amyl Nitrate?

Amyl nitrate is a liquid stimulant that belongs to the nitrate family. It was first produced in the 19 th Century to ease severe chest pain (angina).

What do they look like?

It is a clear or straw-coloured liquid that usually comes in a small bottle or tube.

How are they used?

Vapours are inhaled through the nose or mouth, directly from the bottle or off a cloth.  

What are the effects?                              

The drug reduces blood pressure, increases heart rate, reduces inhibitions, and relaxes the body and muscles.   This drug is often used to heighten the pleasure of dancing and heighten sexual arousal.  

When do the effects start?

The effects of the drug are felt almost immediately and you experience a brief but intense head rush due to the rise in blood pressure and accelerating heart rate.  

What are the risks?   

Common physical symptoms include reddening of the face and neck, headaches, nausea and dizziness.   Regular use can lead to the development of skin problems around the mouth and nose.

Amyl nitrate is extremely corrosive and should never be drunk or ingested as it can burn and severely damage the skin and the throat.   Mixing this with a drink or combination of other drugs is extremely dangerous.   Users can pass out if they participate in intense physical activity such as dancing.

Is it addictive?

There are no reports of physical dependence or withdrawal symptoms, but long-term use could build up psychological dependence.

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