Mephedrone

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August 17, 2016

What is mephedrone?

Mephedrone is a stimulant, with effects similar to amphetamines (speed) and ecstasy (MDMA). It comes as a white or off-white powder either loose in bags or sometimes in capsules. Before becoming an illegal drug, it was sold over the internet and often described as a plant food, research chemical or bath salts – “not for human consumption”.

Key facts:

• Mephedrone is not plant food. It is chemical made in foreign labs and was marketed as plant food as a way of getting around the law.

• Users say it can be compulsive, with the desire to re-dose regularly.

• The exact risks are now emerging from reports of users and doctors treating them. Whilst there have not yet been substantial scienti c clinical studies of users, it is clear there are many risks, and they can be serious.

• Mephedrone has already been linked to a number of deaths.

• It became illegal as a Class B drug on the 16th of April 2010 along with other cathinone derivatives, meaning that it is illegal to have, sell or give away.

Risks:

• Anxiety and paranoia.
• Over-stimulation of the heart.
• Over-stimulation of the nervous system that can cause fits.
• Low mood and come down after a binge.
• Sweating and the potential for dangerous increases in body temperature.
• Severe nosebleeds.
• Seizures.
• Death.
The risks increase if mephedrone is combined with alcohol or other drugs.

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