Diverse Groups Use Poppers: Understanding the Modern View on Alkyl Nitrites


Mainstream Media Regurgitates Misinformed & Biased Articles from the Past

A quick search on the internet about Poppers will most likely reveal a treasure trove of lengthy and opinionated articles, some from scholarly sources, informing the public about the most common uses and users of commercial alkyl nitrites. While some of the information out there is good, one could stand in awe at just how many people actually love using Poppers – as opposed to the claims made by the DrugFree.org that Poppers are more or less “the gay club drug.”

Alkyl nitrites, or Poppers, have actually been around and used by a variety of people for quite a long time. In fact, the first reported uses were back in 1844, when doctors began administering various forms of alkyl nitrites to their patients who were suffering from angina and muscle pain. By the turn of the century, though, a significant part of the population was enjoying alkyl nitrites for a completely different reason.

Meanwhile, “authority” sites such as Wikipedia and the Huffington Post do little more than seemingly regurgitate the same information about Poppers, often times without stating their sources of information and obviously without doing much deep research. For example, the Huffington Post refers to Poppers as more or less just a party drug that is aimed at the homosexual community. However, a leading international retailer, Poppers Canada and Accessories, reports that their products are frequently bought and used by a wide range of people – both homosexual and heterosexual, from all walks of life.

Unfortunately, Poppers are constantly associated with only the gay club scene when in fact they are much more diverse than that. In addition, gross misinformation has lead a vast percentage of the population to believe that Poppers are addictive and dangerous. While some might think that fact alone is enough to deter most folks from using Poppers, quite the opposite is actually the case. Poppers are and always have been very well-liked and respected by a number of distinct demographics, as you soon will see.

Introducing the Common Poppers User

Back in 1978 there were a series of interviews conducted about Poppers by the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. The conclusions of those interviews reflected a trend that is still present today: an undying appreciation for Poppers – one that has transcended the test of time. By 1998, a new study was conducted and nearly the same conclusion was drawn: Poppers accounted for more than 10 percent of the American recreational drugs market, as shown by Lange, Haertzen, and Hickey and reported by Poppers Canada and Accessories. This research illustrates one recurring trend in particular: Poppers have a globally diverse fan base and it is continually growing. It certainly increases the exponential growth of Poppers when authority sites such as Drug Science UK openly admit that “alkyl nitrites are not physically addictive in any way.”

While one might still assume that, based on much misguided journalism, Poppers are merely a dangerous party drug commonly used by irresponsible and AIDS-riddled homosexuals in dark dance clubs, nothing could be further from the truth. According to Chem Europe and the Editors of Consumer Reports, Licit and Illicit Drugs, Dr. E.M. Brecher, a well-known oncologist and endocrinologist, admitted way back in 1972 that he was a Poppers fan. In fact, he openly stated that he personally enjoyed them very much, and that he found them quite “rewarding.”

If finding out that a world-renowned academic using Poppers does not convince you the fan base is widespread, perhaps this will: Internet forums are bursting at the seams with personal anecdotes about the use of Poppers by heterosexuals. Take the popular forum, Digital Spy, wherein one well-known member, Robtuk06, posted in 2007, “I’m gay, and see them [Poppers] used more in straight clubs than gay ones.” This paints a much different picture than the one portrayed by mainstream media.

Poppers are often given a bad name, assumed to be extremely dangerous, and associated mainly with alternative lifestyles, but the fact of the matter remains that Poppers are everywhere. In that study performed by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, it revealed a much broader perspective – one which showed Poppers being used by trendy couples, business people, politicians, medical professionals (E.M. Brecher, for example), and sometimes, clubbers (both homosexual and heterosexual in all instances, mind you).

The Final Verdict: Varied Popper Use

In reality, Poppers are not just used in seedy gay nightclubs or under the radar. People of all walks of life use them openly, and are open to sharing their story. Because Poppers are used by such a wide variety of people, they must be enjoyed in a number of different venues. To assume otherwise would be blatantly unfair, and a travesty.

Truth be told, Poppers have a long-standing following which fervently believes in its value – both socially and economically. That value comes only when there is an understanding that Poppers are acceptable to use by anyone over the age of 18, as long as they do so responsibly. Even DrugScience.org advises, “Drug use always carries risks. People cannot use drugs without risk of being harmed.” As such, Poppers manufacturers are quick to slap advisory labels on their potent products, with the intention to show everyone a good and safe time.

Meanwhile, PBS Frontline recently reported that America’s heaviest illicit drug users spend approximately $60 billion per year to get their fix. The socioeconomic impact of that illegal drug trade is substantial, reaching $468 billion in government spending in the U.S. alone, says the New York Times. Adding Poppers to the list of illicit drugs would be an outrage that only serves to further the national debt, not to mention how much of a “veiled attack on pleasure” it would be, says the Guardian.

This attack, for a substance that, when used responsibly, is actually quite “rewarding,” yet PSA Rising shared evidence that Viagra was causing heart attacks in men who had no pre-existing heart conditions and it remains legal and FDA approved. Hundreds of thousands of Poppers are sold every single day and fans continually share their success stories. That alone should make it obvious that Poppers get around, and also that the slam campaign against Poppers is not working. Face it; just about anybody can fall in love with using Poppers if they do it right.