Amyl nitrite – commonly known as either amyl or poppers – may soon be banned in Australia, and placed in the same category as heroin, after a new amendment was supported by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Star Observer reports.

This means that if you get caught selling, using, or even in possession of amyl, it’d be considered a criminal offence and you’d be slapped with a serious charge.

So, what’s specifically problematic about this decision?

In the TGA‘s formal report outlining the amendment, they state “risks [of amyl] include illicit use for euphoric and muscle relaxant effects, adverse events including maculopathy and methaemoglobinaemia.” Star Observer points out the manner in which the above-mentioned term “illicit use” is probably a subtle nod to gay sex, subsequently insinuating gay sex to be an illicit act.

In fact, the report openly acknowledges the historically queer use of amyl, making this argument less far-fetched. “The demographics of the survey group,” it stated, “suggest popper use has expanded to the community more generally – it was once associated more with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI) community.”

No matter what the decision turns out to be, I think we can all agree that amyl is NOT on the same level as heroin.

Either way, to the bottoms of the world who enjoy poppers for intercourse, you may need to starting stocking up.

Source: Star Observer
Image: TiendaPoppers