GAY MAGAZINE OPENLY ADVERTISING DRUGS; POLICE COMMISSIONER COPS COMPLAINT


Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Independent gay activist GARY BURNS has lodged a complaint with NSW Police Commissioner ANDREW SCIPIONE over the advertising of illegal drugs in a Sydney gay magazine.
SX News, the weekly gay magazine published by the Evolution Publishing group, is openly advertising the sale of amyl nitrate (aka ‘poppers’).
Advertisements for the ‘Rush Popper Shop’ appear in the magazine, featuring prominent links to the URL www.rushpoppershop.com.au where brands of amyl nitrate such as Rush, Ram, Colt and Jungle Juice are sold. 
Amyl nitrate is used medically for certain heart conditions, but is illegal in NSW without a doctor’s prescription.
In some sections of the gay community, amyl nitrate is used recreationally during sexual intercourse, for its side effect of relaxing anal sphincter muscles. 
The drug is on the Poisons List and is illegal in NSW under Section 16 of Poisons and Therapeutic Drugs Act, which makes it an offence to possess a prescribed restricted substance without a lawful excuse.
Harmful side effects of amyl nitrate can include headaches, heart attacks, brain damage and death. 
Gary Burns said he had lodged the complaint out of concern for his community.
“Young gay men pick up this magazine for free from cafes, bars, pubs and nightclubs all over Sydney,” he said.
“They may not be aware of the possibility of serious side effects from amyl, and my fear is that some of them could be encouraged to buy these dangerous products.
“That is of course the aim of advertising – to get people to buy the product.
“This product should not be advertised anywhere. It can kill you. And the thing about being dead is that you don’t suddenly wake up and ask, ‘What’s for dinner, Mum?’ It’s forever.”
Mr Burns alleged that the advertising of illegal drugs in SX News was part of a wider drug culture at Evolution Publishing.
The group’s publisher, PETER WALTON, is currently facing serious drug charges for the possession of crystal meth and GHB.
Walton will appear at Sydney’s Downing Centre Criminal Court on Tuesday, June 28 to face the charges.
Mr Burns called on advertisers to withdraw their support from the magazine in light of the magazine’s promotion of drug culture.
“In the latest issue of SX we see organisations like Audi, Hunter Holden, the City of Sydney, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Swans supporting the magazine.
“I ask these organisations: Do you really want to be involved with a publication where the publisher is facing serious drug charges and possibly jail time, and where the magazine itself is advertising illicit substances that can kill you?
“Next, they’ll be advertising eccies to sprinkle on your Weeties in the morning instead of sugar,” Mr Burns concluded.
ENDS
Media enquiries:
Gary Burns
Further information:
www.sxnews.com.au Rush Popper Shop advertisement appears on page 44 of current issue (SX # 545, June 20) and in all back issues this year. 
Evolution Publisher Peter Walton is due to appear at Downing Centre Criminal Court 9.30am Tuesday, June 28. 
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One thought on “GAY MAGAZINE OPENLY ADVERTISING DRUGS; POLICE COMMISSIONER COPS COMPLAINT

  1. Eric

    Let me guess – you eventually worked out that the compound you were thinking of was in fact amyl nitrite not nitrate (which does little) but the substances on sale did not contain either compounds but rather other nitrites. Perhaps self-righteousness, moral indignation and urban myth clouded the view of the bottle.

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