The Dangers Of 'Poppers' Under-Reported

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While it is widely known that “huffing” – inhaling organic solvents or propellants to achieve a “high” – is extremely dangerous, new products being sold as “poppers” and distributed throughout the US, primarily to men who have sex with men (MSM), actually contain harmful solvents and propellants and pose the same health risks as huffing.

In their article titled “Sometimes Poppers Are Not Poppers: Huffing as an Emergent Health Concern among MSM Substance Users”, authors Timothy M. Hall MD PhD, Steven Shoptaw PhD, and Cathy J. Reback PhD point out that these products marketed as “poppers” are not equivalent to conventional poppers, which are based on alkyl nitrites and related to the medication amyl nitrite.

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