Poppers could be banned in Australia next year

Poppers could be made illegal in Australia from early next year.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has supported a proposed amendment to outlaw alkyl nitrites, including amyl, and move them into the same category as heroin, LSD and MDMA, making the possession, sale, or use of the inhalants a criminal offence, the Star Observer reports.

Under the plan, the substances, easily accessed in stores and online currently, would be moved from Schedule 4 to Schedule 9 on February 1, 2019.

But it's not over yet, with a second round of submissions open before a decision on November 29. You can follow instructions on how to add your voice here, and sign a petition to be sent to the TGA here.

Poppers survived being banned in the UK by the national government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill that came into effect on April 1, 2016.

Scott Carbines is Mixmag's Australian Digital Content Editor, follow him on Twitter

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