As mentioned before, pro-poppers advocate Steve Spencer called the potential ban a “war on bottoms” in an op-ed for The Star Observer. MacKay is reluctant to call the ban homophobic, but doesn’t deny it accidentally targets the community. While MacKay doesn’t deny the risks of poppers use – especially if used daily, which could potentially result in short-term memory loss – he feels the TGA’s recommendations are cherry-picking. Mistakenly lighting a cigarette soaked in poppers could result in getting burned. 14. As Ian Young explains in “The Poppers Story: The Rise and Fall and Rise of ‘The Gay Drug,’” during the Vietnam War, GI’s made their tours of duty more tolerable by getting strung out on a variety of mood-alternating substances. Then there’s “poppers maculopathy,” referring to eye damage caused by the use of a specific type of alkyl nitrite-isopropyl nitrite-which became popular in Europe after the European Union banned the more common form of the drug. Essentially, the many who support abstinence-only substance use treatment claim poppers are a gateway drug back to meth for people who are trying to stop using. We are concerned that these products now appear to be marketed towards or used by MSM, who may not recognize the difference between huffing solvents or propellants and the use of alkyl nitrite poppers.
But you may also find them for sale in clubs, tobacconists, music stores, joke shops, market stalls and clothes shops. The most common places you can buy poppers are in sex shops, ‘head shops’, and from online stores. Nowadays, poppers stores offer a wide variety of aromas all with different levels of intensity. Poppers are the third most commonly-used drug by gay men. The drug is reported to be used quite heavily in the UK too. But if you are due to take a drug test, you should avoid using poppers for at least 72 hours before the test. Reaction to the proposal has been mixed to say the least. As are doctors and ex-AFP chiefs alike, who are respectively calling the proposal a “backward step” and an ‘ineffective’ way to prevent any health risks. They also give you a light, euphoric head-rush, meaning poppers are pretty common at clubs and concerts, too, so it’s not just The Gays who are upset over the news. Knowing experienced chemists like E and Julian’s boyfriend are still capable of a whoopsie daisy definitely doesn’t give me the confidence to experiment with chemical compounds.
People (and lots of gay men) use them to enhance sex and for the major head rush they give. Put simply, poppers lower your blood pressure, helping relax your muscles; they come with a dizzying head rush and sometimes heightened sexual excitement. This led Rush Aroma poppers organization to put logo’s and stamps on the bottles to show authenticity in the poppers brand name. Exhausted of all options, and suspecting that an overly-tense artery caused the angina, Brunton put several drops of amyl nitrite onto a cloth and had the patient inhale it. Last week, the Therapeutic Goods Administration – a regulatory body of the Department of Health – issued an interim report proposing that poppers (also known as amyl) should be elevated from a Schedule 4 substance to Schedule 9, the same category as heroin and cocaine. 9. As Paul Nelson, a clinical sexologist at The Men’s Sexual Health Project in New York, warns, “If someone is using vasodilators for erections (i.e., Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) they shouldn’t use poppers because ED drugs substantially lower the blood pressure.
As a substance use counselor with the Stonewall Project at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, clients oftentimes ask me how (or if) poppers fit into substance use treatment. Secrets, bargaining, shame, and rationalization-which can be experienced with the use of any drug, even poppers-are fatal for someone working on their substance use. The combination can result in a stroke, heart attack or even death. But methemoglobinemia is more likely to be as a result of ingesting poppers than inhaling their aroma. The likelihood is that we’ll turn to knock-offs, which could prove more dangerous when unregulated, as former AFP commissioner Mick Palmer predicts. They’re not addictive (though users can build up a tolerance), they don’t cause AIDS, and their effects don’t last more than a minute or so. This is because poppers relax the muscles in the throat and anus, thus increasing sensitivity during sexual intercourse and making anal sex a much more pleasurable experience. “Prior to making the decision, the TGA held two workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as seeking public submissions, to better understand the views of the LGBTIQ community.