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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


Also known as: TNT, Thrust, Rock Hard, Ram, Liquid Gold, Kix, Amyls.

Poppers are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, but amyl nitrite is regulated under the Medicines Act 1968 and there have been cases where the Medicines Act was used to fine shops for selling poppers. Poppers are also covered by general consumer protection legislation.

Possession is not illegal but supply can be an offence.

Poppers are not covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. 


You may lose consciousness and could die through choking on your vomit.

They can burn your skin on contact and can kill you if you swallow them. They’re highly flammable.

They can cause nausea, headache, and disorientation.


There are a number of reports of cases of temporary and permanent loss of vision.

They can cause your blood pressure to drop to a dangerous level

Fatal ‘sudden sniffing death syndrome’ reported due to development of an abnormal heart rhythm