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    MfD: Czechs start using miauw

    Prague, May 3 (CTK) - Mephedrone, a new "dancing" drug, nicknamed miauw, whose effect is similar to ecstasy and cocaine, is gaining ground in the Czech Republic, daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes Monday.

    Mephedrone has received the slang names "miauw" or mad cat, MfD writes.

    The drug is legal and it can be bought at the Internet as a white powder for fertilising purposes, but it has nothing in common with any care for plants, it adds.

    Mephedrone has been banned by some European countries, MfD writes.

    "We recorded the occurrence of mephedrone in the Czech Republic for the first time last year," Roman Pesek, from the National Drug Monitoring Centre, told the paper.

    "Lately, it has been increasingly used, especially in dancing clubs. It is sold at the Internet from foreign sources, most as a fertiliser," Pesek said.

    The dealers mostly sell it as a snorting powder or dissolved in water. Its prize is about 600 crowns per gramme.

    Mephedrone can cause euphoria without hallucinations, feelings of openness, urge to talk and lowered appetite, MfD writes.

    On the other hand, it can bring about dangerous conditions such as head pains, palpitation, nausea and paranoia, it adds.

    Mephedrone imitates the natural substance from the African plant kath. It is on the list of banned substances, but not its artificial derivatives, MfD writes.

    ČTK | 4 MAY 2010
    http://praguemonitor.com/2010/05/04/mfd-czechs-start-using-miauw

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