Amyl nitrate: the party drug that started as a poison antidote

By Julaine Allan, Charles Sturt University

Amyl nitrite is the most well known of a group of chemicals called alkyl nitrites, usually referred to as poppers. Product names include rush, TNT, thrust, jungle juice, ram and kix.

Poppers are an inhalant. The most common method of use is to hold an open bottle to your nose and breathe in hard.