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  1. chillinwill
    Strathclyde Police in Ayrshire is warning teenagers a legal product could cause them to become seriously ill.

    In recent weeks, several youths have been admitted to hospital with drug-induced symptoms having taken a white powder known as 'Moonshine'. Moonshine is a non-controlled powder sold in capsules and in loose form. It is thought to contain the chemical mephedrone (also known as 4-mmc and methadrone), a plant food not for human consumption. Moonshine has similar effects to some widely available herbal highs and aphrodisiacs.

    When sold, Moonshine capsules are often contained within a small, re-sealable plastic bag which has a cannabis leaf motif on it. The plastic bag is usually held inside a cardboard wrap, which is stapled to seal the capsule within. When sold in this way, the cardboard wrap sometimes states the contents are a plant food and not for human consumption. However, some teenagers are ignoring this advice and choosing to ingest the powder. Moonshine is often sold in adult stores but never openly as a drug. It is usually marketed as a plant food or, in some cases, a bath salt.

    Within 15 minutes of being taken, Moonshine users can experience breathlessness and dizziness. The effect is similar to those experienced when using MDMA or amphetamines, and can potentially cause users to become seriously ill.

    Ayrshire Inspector Kevin Owens said: "A number of local teenagers have been admitted to hospital having taken Moonshine.

    "This is a concern to both the police and local NHS staff who are dealing directly with the effects of the drug.

    "Should any youths come into possession of Moonshine, I would urge them to hand it in to the police. It is not illegal to sell Moonshine but it is not a substance meant for human consumption. It is usually sold as a plant food or bath salt but targets those seeking a legal 'high'. Like the product GBL/Liquid Ecstasy, Moonshine is being misused across Ayrshire and could seriously affect the health of users. Anyone offered either substance should decline the offer and report the circumstances to their local police."

    Dr David Chung, Clinical Director - Accident and Emergency, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, said:

    "Young people need to know that Moonshine is totally unsafe and they are putting their lives at risk.

    "Moonshine is a plant food. Please don't think that just because a substance is legal it's safe, as Moonshine is most definitely not. It's safe for plants - but not for humans."

    David Thomson, South Ayrshire Council's Trading Standards and Environmental Health Service Manager, confirmed the council was aware of Moonshine.

    Mr Thomson said: "We are looking into the product and investigations are ongoing. The sale of Moonshine has rightly been raised as a community safety issue and we will report our findings in due course."

    November 22, 2009
    Cumnock Chronicle
    http://www.cumnockchronicle.com/new...-ayrshire-teens-warned-against-moonshine-use/

Comments

  1. Seaquake
    I seriously doubt that it is particularly safe for plants. I can't believe they haven't twigged it's just a ruse to get around the medicines act. Once someone sticks the stuff into a capsule they are really saying it is for human consumption, despite what all the packaging says.
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    as usual, they don't do their research.

    mephedrone is 4-mmc while methadrone is bk-PMMA. They are not the same substance.
  3. Synesthesiac
    Stupid how many people actually think that mephedrone is plant feeder due to online vendors using this excuse to sell it. You really do have to be quite dumb to think this, just a minutes worth of research could have found this out. And yes its not safe for plants (swim actually tested it with just 4 grams of mephedrone on his cactus for laughs and it died a week or so later!).

    And just to be a bit pedantic, its methedrone thats bk-pmma, not methadrone.

    I wonder what the people that went to hospital were reporting? As ever you learn absolutely NOTHING useful about the drug from the press. Just the usual scaremongering vague statements that dont actually help anyone.
  4. chillinwill
    Ayrshire teens in hospital after using legal drug

    TEENAGERS are dicing with death by using a legal alternative to class A drugs.


    Several youths have been admitted to hospitals across Ayrshire in recent weeks after taking the powder known as Moonshine.

    And experts warned this week that the drug – being sold in adult shops – is not intended for human consumption and could prove lethal.

    Accident and emergency chief Dr David Chung said: “Young people need to know that Moonshine is totally unsafe and they are putting their lives at risk.

    “Moonshine is a plant food. Please don’t think that just because a substance is legal, it’s safe – as Moonshine is most definitely not.

    “It is safe for plants, not for humans.”

    Moonshine is sold in capsules and in loose form.

    It is thought to contain the chemical mephedrone and has similar effects to some widely available herbal highs and aphrodisiacs.

    But within around 15 minutes of taking the drug, users can experience breathlessness and dizziness.

    The effect is similar to that experienced with using MDMA or amphetamines. Users can become seriously ill very quickly.

    Inspector Kevin Owens from Strathclyde Police said: “A number of local teenagers have been admitted to hospital having taken Moonshine.

    “This is a concern to both the police and NHS staff, who are dealing directly with the effects of the drug.

    “Should any youths come into possession of Moonshine, I would urge them to hand it in to the police.

    “It is not illegal to sell Moonshine, but it is not a substance meant for human consumption. It is usually sold as a plant food or bath salt, but targets those seeking a legal high.

    “Like the product GBL/liquid ecstasy, Moonshine is being misused across Ayrshire and could seriously affect the health of users.

    “Anyone offered either substance should decline the offer and report the circumstances to their local police.”

    Capsules are often contained within a resealable plastic bag which has a cannabis leaf motif on it.

    And South Ayrshire’s trading standards boss David Thomson pointed out: “We are looking into the product.

    “The sale of Moonshine has rightly been raised as a community safety issue and we will report our findings in due course.”

    November 27, 2009
    Ayrshire Post
    http://www.ayrshirepost.net/ayrshir...pital-after-using-legal-drug-102545-25244649/
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