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Why Poppers Are Banned

Thursday September 3, 2020

Poppers are a special liquid drug that can give us an instant high when inhaled. Poppers are also known as liquid gold, alkyl nitrite, and butyl nitrite. Poppers were discovered in the middle of the 19th century, in 1844 to be exact. Although its original purpose was to treat certain health problems, poppers gained its greatest popularity thanks to the gay community, who used it to relax the anal muscles.

Today, times have changed, so this "drug" is used by all people, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, and the like. Poppers have an instant effect and increase sexual drive, and there are frequent cases where it is used for parties and music. As we mentioned at the very beginning, poppers are used by inhalation, all it takes is to unscrew the bottle and enjoy. You can even open it and place it in front of the fan to scatter poppers all over the room.

Although there are thousands of different drugs circulating in society these days, poppers have somehow remained a mystery to most people, and not just them, but to most governments around the world, who have brought different views on whether poppers are harmful or not. Based on that, they determined its status. There are several reasons why poppers are banned in certain countries, so let's take a closer look at the reasons for this.

The main reason for the negative view of poppers is the misconception that the consumption of this product leads to permanent and dangerous consequences for human health. We find the best example of this understanding in France, which, in 2013, passed a complete ban on poppers, except for medical purposes. However, this law was later rejected because no study has been able to prove that excessive use is more harmful than reasonable use.

Sad circumstances throughout history have also led to poppers being viewed with suspicion. Namely, the enormous spread of AIDS has somehow been linked to poppers because it is used for sexual intercourse. While there is no correlation between the two, such rumors have led to repercussions on how governments and law enforcement see poppers.

Although there is no evidence that poppers directly affect the central nervous system in humans, people still believe that its indirect action is reason to consider poppers as an opiate. As a psychoactive drug, many countries like Japan, Switzerland, Germany, and Canada have completely banned poppers.

In some countries like Australia, alkyl nitrites are considered as dangerous as cocaine and heroin. For this reason, it is illegal to sell poppers in Australia. The LGBTQ community has stated that this is clearly a step backward for gay (human) rights.

The last reason is that poppers are used at parties and often lead to orgies, which certain governments see as unacceptable behavior. Therefore, Canada has put a total ban on the sale of alkyl nitrite since 2013; violation of the ban can lead to prison time.

As for poppers UK, legislation around poppers has had a turbulent consideration in recent years. Its status remains unclear, but home secretary Priti Patel has been adamant that poppers' status can be permanently resolved by legalizing it. Numerous pieces of evidence indicate that poppers can in no way be compared to other drugs and their increasing use in society.