Poppers: The Ban on Alkyl Nitrites in Canada and its Impacts on gbMSM Health (Webinar)

Date: July 25th 2018

Time: 11 AM Pacific time / 2 PM Eastern Time

Poppers, or alkyl nitrites are used by roughly 30% of gay men in Canada, often in nightlife or sexual contexts. Though they were sold off-label for many years — as leather cleaner or room odoriser for example — the federal government banned their sale entirely in 2013. Formal reasoning for the ban was not given publicly, and potential impacts on community health remain unclear.

This webinar uses a harm reduction informed, sex positive lens to investigate the following: what poppers-related health problems are relevant to gay men in Canada, what impacts has the poppers ban had, and how can we respond as stakeholders in the community?