The Effects

  • An initial head rush that lasts a couple of minutes
  • Sniffing poppers during sex can make orgasms feel like they last longer, some men say it enhances their erections
  • May help relax anal sphincter muscles
  • Poppers aren’t physically or psychologically addictive

The Risks

  • Effects don’t last long& can leave people feeling sick, faint & weak.  Especially if taken while dancing
  • Can give you an extreme headache
  • Can give you a rash around the  mouth
  • Can kill you if you swallow them
  • Dangerous to take if you have chest or heart problems, anaemia or glaucoma (an eye disease)
  • Can burn your skin on contact

The Law

  • Amyl Nitrate is rarely used in medicine these days but is controlled under the Medicines Act.  Possession is not illegal but supply can be an offence
  • There have 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

Street Names

  • Ram
  • Thrust
  • Rock Hard
  • Kix
  • TNT
  • Liquid Gold