A 12-year-old boy fell critically ill after he drank a full bottle of the liquid solvent known as 'poppers'. The schoolboy was sold the liquid at a shop after thinking it was an 'energy shot' drink. The bottle was labelled as 'liquid gold' – a commonly-used name for the 'legal high' poppers. It is a slang term for a liquid chemical known as amyl nitrite.
The chemical is used medically as an antidote to cyanide poisoning. It is usually sniffed. Poppers are often taken alongside illegal drugs in nightclubs.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, police have now launched an urgent investigation but the shop hasn't been named.
Writing on Twitter , police in Sale, near Manchester, said: “We have had an incident in Sale recently where a shop has sold an 'air odorizer' called liquid gold to a 12-year-old child.
“Liquid gold contains a substance called amyl nitrate, which when inhaled can give you a slight high but if drank it can be fatal.
“He has swallowed the contents of the bottle, which looks similar to the energy shot bottles, and become seriously ill. Luckily he has now recovered.
“The shop concerned is under investigation by ourselves at the moment.”
Police are now appealing for witnesses.
The youngster is believed to be recovering from his ordeal.
Inhaling poppers dilates blood vessels and allows more blood to get to the heart.
Use of the solvent has been known to cause chemical burns, painful rashes and irritation of the nose and throat.
Poppers are not illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 but shops can be fined.
Mirror News Jan 20, 2014 21:48 By Paul Britton
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