(06.30.76) archives: a drug of our own.
When compared with crystal and its devastating effects, poppers was a relatively mild threat. In fact, many only saw its benefits. "Amyl nitrate is the only drug gay people can claim to know better than straight people," wrote journalist Karen West. "It smells worse than rotten socks.... [But] there's no risk of addiction, and you never read headlines announcing, 'Police Raid Baths, Confiscate Poppers.'"
Pharmacologist Norman Kramer warned, however, that 'the fact that there are no publicized reports of serious adverse effects ... may well be a reflection of the fact that most who indulge are young and healthy." The popularity of the drug waned in the early '80s as its association with sexual abandon led to a rumored connection with AIDS infection.
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|Title Annotation:||FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF; amyl nitrate|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Sep 27, 2005|
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