A potentially lethal plant fertiliser used to get a legal high can be delivered for free in Leeds, a YEP investigation has found.
Police have issued stark warnings about the misuse of Mephedrone – which has street names including MCAT, Meow, and Mieow, Mieow – by teenagers.
A website by the name of XXX offers the plant fertiliser in crystalline form and guarantees it to be 99.8 per cent pure.
It promises a "fast, reliable, next day delivery service" in the Leeds area, with free delivery before 6pm and a fee of £5 anytime after.
The plant feed is sold in grams and the firm offers a special offer for
the festive season stating: "Give your plants a great Christmas!" with a photograph of a lush garden alongside a pile of the powdered drug on what appears to be a mirrored surface.
The Christmas deal states if customers buy 5g, they get 1g free and if they buy 10g, they get 2g free.
When the YEP contacted the firm on Friday a woman answered the phone but then the line went dead.
An email reply from the firm sent later the same day said: "Sorry that you got hung up on earlier but we've had so many calls over the last week from the press that it's wearing a bit thin.
"We do everything we can to ensure that people don't misuse our products which are for plant fertilization purposes only.
"When someone orders Mephedrone from us they are explicitly agreeing to our terms and conditions which state very clearly that they agree that our product will only be used for it's intended, legitimate purpose – botanical use.
"Unfortunately there will always be a minority of people who will abuse products like glue and solvents, and now even plant fertilizer.
"If we even slightly suspect anyone is going to misuse our product, for example if a customer asked a question which led us to believe they are not going to use it for plant fertilization, we would categorically refuse to sell it to them."
Mephedrone can cause a range of side-effects thought to include nose bleeds and burns, hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety and paranoia, fits, delusions, and taking it can lead to a heart attack according to experts.
Police, Kirklees Council and Lifeline-Kirklees are all backing a poster being distributed across the Kirklees district entitled "What's getting up your nose".
It is currently legal but the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs' (ACMD) is set to review Mephedrone, which could lead to it being made illegal.
By Jo Francisco and Katie Baldwin
December 21, 2009
Yorkshire Evening Post
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'Danger drug' Mephedrone on free delivery