Mephedrone is Potentially Harmful

Figures Show Increased Usage amongst Clubbers
Mar 12, 2010 David Myerscough

Mephedrone is widely available on the internet and is legal to buy and possess in the UK, the drug however, causes many dangerous side effects.

Mephedrone is commonly sold on the internet and is described as plant food and not for human consumption. Under the UK Medicines Act, it is illegal to sell or advertise mephedrone for human consumption however, at time of writing (March 2010), it isn’t illegal to buy or possess mephedrone in the UK as it isn’t controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Mephedrone Being Used to Achieve a ‘Legal High’
Mephedrone is a stimulant and is often sold as a white powder however; it can also be found in tablet or crystal form. The drug information website, Frank states that the substance has similar effects to the illegal MDMA substance and causes feelings of euphoria, alertness, talkativeness and feelings of empathy.

Mephedrone is also know by the street names of; meow meow, mieow, meph, MCAT, Bubbles and 4MMC has potentially lethal effects and users should not presume that just because the substance isn’t currently banned in the UK that it is safe to use.

Potentially Lethal Effects of Mephedrone
A Survey carried out by the dance magazine Mixmag asked users of Mephedrone for the common side effects they had felt. 67% reported that they had experiences excess sweating, 51% had headaches, 43% of users suffered heart palpitations and 27% experienced nausea.

The Times lists other serious side effects as being, paranoia, panic attacks and blood pressure problems which could result in severe nose bleeds.

Read more at Suite101: Mephedrone is Potentially Harmful: Figures Show Increased Usage amongst Clubbers


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