Also Known As: Alkyl Nitrite, Poppers, TNT, Liquid Gold, Butyl Nitrite
Vapour is breathed in through nose or mouth from a small bottle or tube.
Almost instant ‘head rush’ with flushed face and neck. Lasts 2 –5 minutes.
Short term: Pounding headaches, nausea, fainting, and bulging eyes. If spilled it can burn the skin and may be fatal if swallowed. People with anaemia, glaucoma and breathing or heart problems are most at risk.
Long term: Regular use can lead to tolerance (greater amount needed to produce same effect) and an increase in risks listed above.
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.