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Poppers Category: Stimulants

Also called: amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite, ram, thrust, rock harm, kix, TNT, liquid gold, locker room, purple haze.

How it’s used

Poppers are a clear, yellow or gold liquid which you inhale straight from a bottle or on a cloth. Has a sweet odour when fresh.


Short-term effects


Long-term effects


Other dangers


If you are pregnant

Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby.



There’s no evidence to suggest that poppers are physically or psychologically addictive, but there is evidence to suggest that heavy users might develop a tolerance to the drug, and need to increase their use to get the same high.



You may find it difficult to get an erection after sniffing poppers.


What help is available?

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