Researchers at UCLA are warning people that an underground drug called “poppers”, which was made popular in the 1990’s, now has ingredients like household glues, aerosols, and other ewwy crap our fabulous bodies is not meant to consume. There is also a new possible side effect called “sudden sniffing death” doctors won’t be able to diagnose until it’s too late to treat.
Gay men can easily be introduced to these products by sexual partners without being aware of the dangers, and physicians also need to understand the dangers and alert their patients, according to a research team led by Dr. Timothy Hall of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Doctors “are taught almost nothing about regular nitrite poppers,” Hall said in a news release. “They’re little more than a footnote at the back of most addiction textbooks, lumped in with sniffing glue and huffing aerosols, even though the physiologic effects are quite different.
“Gay and bisexual men, on the other hand, have little exposure to huffing but tend to think of nitrite poppers as fairly benign,” he added. “There’s a real risk here for [gay men] to be taking a much more harmful substance than they’re expecting, and for clinicians not to recognize the difference.”
Yes you’re grown and looking to have a little fun; but don’t let that 15 seconds turn into drowning in medical bills or take your life. Proceed with caution.
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