WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRUGS CALLED “POPPERS”
- December 26, 2018
When you hear the word “poppers,” you might have a tendency to think about bite-sized popcorn shrimp or deep-friend jalapeno peppers wrapped in molten cheese. However, an alternative form of “poppers” isn’t your typical comfort food. In fact, these substances are far from comforting. Derived from a variety of chemicals (including amyl nitrate), the “poppers” in question are a string of inhalants (deadly drugs derived from household chemicals) that first gained popularity for releasing an overwhelmingly potent high that lasts for about a couple seconds. Receiving mixed reviews from hardcore drug users, we can all agree that an inhalant stemming from a former heart medication is nothing short of toxic. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about “poppers.”
From Heart Medication to Abused Drug
Originally, “poppers” became popular (no pun intended) in the 1960s, when amyl nitrate was initially sold as a form of medication for heart patients. Ultimately, the name “popper” stems from the fact that people originally had to break open capsules to release the medication, resulting in a “snapping” or “popping” sound. Although it is rarely used to treat heart problems nowadays, poppers are notoriously cheap and, as a result, are frequently abused. Popular in clubs and parties, these drugs are often used as substitutes to other hardcore substances like LSD or ecstasy.
Insane Emotional and Physical Rush
Consider poppers a combination of methamphetamine and ecstasy, in terms of the drugs’ ability to warp physical and emotional sensations. Poppers are a form of vasodilators, meaning they open up blood vessels and decrease blood pressure, resulting in a wave of dizziness and wooziness. Likewise, these drugs will also stimulate tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) and can induce particularly disturbing bouts of sexual activity and libido.
In fact, scientists have reported (on several occasions) that these drugs are the equivalent of the date rape drug for gay men, as poppers are a popular substance among this subculture. Given the fact that the drug relaxes muscles (all muscles) and causes wooziness, you can understand why these men are in a particularly dangerous position.
Seeking Treatment for Inhalant Addiction or Abuse
Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.