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STUDY: Use Of Poppers May Lead To Eye Damage, Loss Of Sight

A report from the UK’s Royal Bolton Hospital claims sniffing poppers may lead to lasting eye damage.

According to the BBC:

Poppers is the street name for a group of chemicals called alkyl nitrites and are used by thousands of clubbers as a stimulant and legal high.

It is illegal to sell them for human consumption but they are often sold in sex shops, clubs and gay bars as “air fresheners”.

Writing in the journal Eye, doctors who carried out the study say some patients have experienced damaged vision after just one dose and are calling for more awareness among users and ophthalmologists.

A man who goes by “Steve” has been using poppers for decades and took part in the study after his doctor was puzzled by his blurred vision.

“They’re used by so many people for a quick high, you really don’t think about the health impacts,” he told the BBC. A recent study on drug use among the British LGBT community by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation found that 1 in 5 had used poppers in the last month.

Royal Bolton Hospital’s report doesn’t suggest that everyone who uses poppers will lose their eyesight but that more needs to be done so potential users can properly weigh the risks. “If there was some sort of warning as with cigarettes and alcohol,” Steve said, “people could make more of an informed choice.”

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Oct 24, 2012
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    • Anonymous

      Face it, poppers are not healthy. Perhaps they should have an accurate warning label, but then the manufacturers would have to admit that they are for human consumption and vast complicated drug regulations would make that impossible.

      Oct 24, 2012 at 10:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • IzzyLuna

      The report doesn’t suggest that everyone will lose their site, but until then LET’S FREAK EVERYONE OUT AND SCARE THEM!

      Oct 24, 2012 at 10:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LandStander

      @IzzyLuna: Yes, the report doesn’t suggest that -everyone- will lose their sight…

      Just like reports on lead-based paint do not suggest that -everyone- with lead-painted walls will die of lead poisoning…

      Just like reports on cigarette smoking do not suggest that -everyone- who smokes will get lung cancer…

      Oct 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FStratford


      Oh please, tobacco smoke and lung cancer has been peer reviewed an d published in reputable scientific journals.

      So is lead-based paint.

      To equate these with a preliminary finding on poppers just shows how ignorant you are with medical research. There is a reason to further investigate and put some cautionary labeling if the risk is high. But your false equivalence, coupled with your condescending tone is noting short of stupId

      Oct 25, 2012 at 5:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JOHN 1957
      JOHN 1957

      “A man who goes by “Steve” has been using poppers for decades and took part in the study after his doctor was puzzled by his blurred vision.”

      Gee Doc, exactly how many decades has Steve been using poppers? His vision could just be blurred due to age factor, which is quite common with many people. Twenty five years ago they blamed poppers for the onslaught of AIDS. The party community (straight & gay) has been using them since the disco era, when DJ’s use to throw them onto the dance floor while the hardcore party people were stomping the night away. Back in the 70’s it was Amyl nitrite, often used to treat angina pectoris (heart condition) and they looked like miniature little corn on the cob. Common sense 101 If your allergic to shellfish, you don’t go out and order lobster or anything in the shellfish family! Everybody is different, we live and learn, we can’t control the world, though too many with a Napoleon complex will try to. There are people who have never tasted liquor and end up with Cirrhosis of the Liver due to other criteria in their genetic makeup. There are a many things and foods that are deadly and yet man continues to consume them, which then arises the question, WHY?

      History; In 1844, the French chemist Antoine Jérôme Balard synthesized amyl nitrite. Sir Thomas Lauder Brunton (March 14, 1844–September 16, 1916), a Scottish physician, famously pioneered the use of amyl nitrite to treat angina pectoris. Brunton’s clinical use of amyl nitrite to treat angina was inspired by earlier work with the same reagent by Arthur Gamgee and Benjamin Ward Richardson.

      So technically speaking, the original poppers were discovered 168 years ago and do have a medical use.

      Oct 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Vegas Tearoom
      Vegas Tearoom

      The original amyl is OK. It’s the crap on the market that replaced the safe stuff that is evil in a bottle.

      Jul 10, 2013 at 8:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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