In certain social circles a variety of volatile nitrites are being used
extensively to expand creativity, stimulate music appreciation, promote a
sense of abandon in dancing, and intensify sexual experience. Soon after
amyl nitrite (the prototype of this group) became a prescription drug,
legally produced substitutes appeared and were sold as room odorizers.
Analyses of eight of these substitutes showed them to contain isomers of
butyl or amyl alcohol and a corresponding nitrite. The authors describe the
context of use of these products and their desired and adverse effects.