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French clinicians report on foveal damage in users of the recreational drug,

French medics based at ophthalmic clinics in Paris and Marseille have warned of the long-term retinal toxicity risk associated with the use of “poppers” – a recreational drug in wide use since the 1970s. Poppers (sold under brand names including Rush, Jungle Juice, Snappers & Liquid Gold) contain isopropyl nitrite which causes relaxation of smooth muscle tissue and, when inhaled, can induce a warm rush, euphoria and dizziness often employed for the purpose of heightening sensitivity to alcohol, music or sex.