MEPHEDRONE

Recreational drug with effects similar to amphetamines and ecstasy

Sold as a white powder, also found in capsules and pills or can be dissolved in a liquid

Often sold online as plant food marked “not for human consumption”

Completely different drug to methadone, which is a pharmaceutical drug typically used as a very strong painkiller or to treat heroin addicts

Reported side-effects include headaches, palpitations, nausea, cold or blue fingers

Long-term effect of taking drug unknown

Currently legal to buy and be in possession of the powder, but against the law to sell, supply or advertise the powder for human consumption under the Medicines Act

Already illegal in Israel, Denmark, Norway and Sweden

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