poppers – nil by mouth

 

Important information on an ‘old school’ legal high; which might even have begun the tradition of absurd ‘suggested use that no-one would ever employ it for’. Poppers, a room deodorizer, really?

In short, if you do choose to use them for something other than a ‘room deodorizer’ -

DO NOT SWALLOW THEM.

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From Manchester City Council and Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust:

URGENT NOTICE ABOUT NEAR FATAL USE OF

 “RED BUZZ”     also known as    “POPPERS/ LIQUID GOLD

  (AMYL NITRITE/ AMYL NITRATE/ ISO-BUTYL NITRITE/ ISO-PROPYL NITRITE)

 These substances are powerful veno-dilators (i.e. dilate some blood vessels) which are often marketed as “de- odourizers” but are usually inhaled nasally by users.

 When swallowed there is a strong likelihood of death even with small amounts. Within a local hospital there have been a number people who have swallowed one of these substances and this has very nearly proved fatal.

 We are very worried that other people as well as patients may obtain or be offered these drugs and not be aware of the potential consequences of taking them.

 Please do not consume these substances in any way, but especially

DO NOT SWALLOW them.

 If you are a patient and have any of these, or are offered any, please tell staff. If you have taken any, especially by mouth you should inform a nurse or doctor immediately. Do not take any other medication until you have been seen by a doctor.

 PLEASE STAY SAFE

Early symptoms

nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, xanthopsia (objects appear yellow), flushing, sweating, chills, throat irritation, coughing, breathing difficulties, vomiting blood, throbbing headache, dizziness,  lethargy, incoherent speech, vertigo, fainting, euphoria, altered perception of time, aggressiveness.

More severe symptoms

rapid heart rate  (palpitations) or, less commonly slow heart rate,

hypotension  (dizziness) or, occasionally hypertension.

methaemoglobinaemia, hypoxia, metabolic acidosis, respiratory depression, coma, convulsions, cardiovascular collapse and death.

Initial “mild” symptoms may rapidly progress to a condition where the blood cannot carry oxygen to tissues and major organs in the body leading to death.

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