Mixing drugs with alcohol stress the body’s vital organs. The combination of alcohol with poppers increases the risk of reduced oxygen supply to vital organs. This compounded abuse with alcohol can cause unconsciousness and even death.
Poppers are commonly used in conjunction with other illegal drugs, including cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines and hallucinogens, to increase the high. These and other so-called club drugs can lead to psychiatric problems and physiological conditions such as dehydration, heart strain and overheating. People commonly inhale poppers through the nose. They use the inhalant to relax the sphincter during anal sex, and also recreationally as a party drug.
Legal Status of Poppers
Surprisingly the use of Poppers is not covered under the ‘Governments’ legal high‘ Psychoactive Substances Act. They have been used recreationally since the 1970s, and they’re labelled for other uses because it is illegal to advertise them for human consumption. They are commonly sold in little brown bottles and are highly flammable. They have a very distinctive and strong solvent (paint thinner) smell.
Other Physical side effects of Popper use
The main short term ones are light headedness/headache, occasional fainting, loss of inhibition and the risk of chemical burns in the face.
They can cause a drop in blood pressure and previously caused deaths when used in conjunction with erectile dysfunction medication.
Long term side effects include eye damage or loss of eyesight “Poppers Maculopathy” and extremely high doses can potentially lead to the fatal “‘methaemoglobinaemia’” where blood is unable to carry oxygen to cells in the body. (Similar to what happens with Carbon Monoxide poisoning)