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Rainbow Serpent death linked to drinking amyl nitrite

A 22-year-old man was unable to be saved at the Australian festival

  • SCOTT CARBINES
  • 1 February 2017

A man who died at Australia's Rainbow Serpent festival is believed to have drank amyl nitrite (poppers).

Triple J radio's Hack program has reported it understands the 22-year-old, who went into cardiac arrest and was unable to be saved by paramedics on Saturday night (January 28), swallowed the liquid, which is usually sniffed for a short rush and sold legally as leather cleaner.

"If people do something like drink a lot of it, it can have a really toxic effect," St Vincent's Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service clinical director Nadine Ezard told the the station.

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