Dangerous drugs bought on web booming in West Fife

By chillinwill · Nov 4, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    DANGEROUS 'legal highs' bought over the internet are booming in West Fife and "wrecking families" according to one reader.

    Concerns have been raised by Fife police and the NHS about the growth in use of Mephedrone, known as white magic, a powder which is believed to give users a feeling similar to that of ecstasy and cocaine.

    The drug is sold as plant food on the internet where it is described as not being for human consumption.

    The reader contacted the Press after claiming it was becoming "massive" in Fife and he was concerned about the side effects he had seen in friends who had taken it.

    The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said, "The come down from it is terrible - they feel so low and suicidal.

    "It's ruining good people.

    "I know one person who took a bit before he went home with his girlfriend.

    "He blanked out, smashed up the house, attacked his girlfriend and didn't even know he'd done it.

    "I spoke to him after and he said he would never touch it again.

    "Another guy took nothing six months ago then he started taking this stuff - it's wrecking everything.

    "His wife came down the stairs and he was walking about the house with powder all over his hands and didn't have a clue what he was doing while on this stuff."

    He claimed the people he knew who took the drug were working adults and parents and included an accountant.

    "These are people who maybe had a wee dabble with cocaine now and again but with this they are rolling around the floor," he added.

    "It's a mess."

    Mephedrone, also known as 'miaow' or 'nonsense', was made illegal in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Israel due to growing evidence of harm, including a reported possible cause of death.

    Apart from the euphoria and alertness it is said to induce anxiety, paranoia and a risk of fits.

    A Dunfermline-based addiction services prison worker, who also did not want to be named, spoke to the Press about his concerns.

    "Because it's a stimulant the effects are going to be on the heart and the nervous system," he said.

    "It's unpredictable because you don't know what's in it.

    "There will be different strengths in different areas and one of the more unpleasant ingredients is fertiliser.

    "It's probably not very clever to use it with alcohol.

    "There are all different types going about and a lot of hearsay.

    "But it's the way to mental health problems and that's why it should be banned."

    West Fife Community Drugs team said they were "concerned" about growing reports of mephedrone use locally.

    Jim Carr, from the team said, "We are aware of the issue and are making enquiries into its use.

    "We can't comment too much right now because there is a dearth of information."

    Fife police said they were aware of the drug - known to them as 'bubbles' - but because its emergence is so recent they could not confirm how popular it had become.

    Detective Chief Inspector Graham Seath, head of Fife's drug squad, said, "There is a strong possibility that constituents used in the manufacture of this drug may be illegal and come under the realms of current drug legislation.

    "Investigations are continuing as we seek, with other agencies and partners involved in public protection, a profile of consumption which would assist us in our ongoing operations."

    A spokesperson for NHS Fife said, "NHS is aware of the use of mephedrone in Fife because of the close links with police and other agencies, not only on the mephedrone issue but also on other emerging drug patterns.

    "Mephedrone is sometimes sold as cocaine. As mephedrone has no quality control, no one can be sure the substance is in fact mephedrone.

    "Therefore, side effects are difficult to determine."

    She added, "NHS Fife would like to highlight the importance that individuals appreciate combining drugs with alcohol can produce a lethal cocktail and a potentially fatal outcome."

    Calls for the UK government to crack down on 'legal highs' was raised recently after Stephanie Balcarras (22), from Hamilton, was found dead at a friend's house in Blackpool.

    It is believed she took GBL, a legal 'party' drug known as liquid ecstasy.

    By Matt Meade
    November 4, 2009
    Dunfermline Press

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  1. Seaquake
    Yeah it's Plant Feeder so it has fertiliser in it. Sigh. No wonder he didn't want to be named or else he'd be shown up for being ignorant.
  2. BoyInTheCountry
    What absolutely ridicolous quotes, blanking out and smashing houses, it has fertiliser in it................ seriously these people need to get a grip, there needs to be a culling of these complete idiots not a ban on the drugs! Where did these quotes come from did someone go down to the local asylum and shoot them up on mephedrone and then take the quotes!? Jesus.

    Actually made me relativly annoyed just reading that stupid article!
  3. benzup!
    im sorry, but that is absolute rubbish. who smashes up there house on mephedrone?! swim has absolutely nothing but good feelings to everybody and everything on mephedrone and anyone who can't remember hitting his girlfriend is a complete dickhead in the first place. its just like coke, it probably can turn swiy into a total arsehole, but only if swiy was an arsehole to begin with.

    "Its ruining good people", these 'good' people of such a saintly nature are obviously the ones who take mephedrone. i'm sure if swiy was such a good person he'd be able to resist such a devilish temptation. but as is always the case, a drug will only ruin swiy if swiy lets it. swim has never had trouble with addiction in relation to mephedrone, and personally thinks that people who do have basically no self-control and have the inability to say no. if swiy ruins his life using mephedrone, i cudnt give one shit, as long he doesnt ruin it for swim.

    "he was walking about the house with powder all over his hands", hmmm swim doesnt even know whether he can have an intellectual opinion on this one. "with this they are rolling around on the floor", once again, unless swiy is a mephedrone user who for some reason happens to be paraplegic, swim can't see how this relates to the majority of able bodied people who generally do not go into a fit when taking any sort of drug, let alone mephedrone.

    "Its not clever to use it with alcohol", swim has been drinking and taking mephedrone regularly for the past 4 months now and never, ever has had any problems; and in fact swim is pretty such it makes the night safer since it puts him into an alert state where he can consciously see what he is doing, rather than being in that alcoholic blur that going out and only drinking gives him.

    "The come down from it is terrible - they feel so low and suicidal", im sorry? i thought that one of mephedrone's key positives was the distinct lack of comedown the next day, this being attributed to its much shorter half-life than for example MDMA. swim has never felt 'bad' per sé after taking mephedrone, only a little confused and depleted; nothing terrible. he can only assume this douche was drinking with mephedrone and therefore it was the alchohol giving him this 'terrible' comedown. no mate, its called a 'hangover', i dare ask that swiy has heard of it?

    "But it's the way to mental health problems and that's why it should be banned", this would be a credible statement if it came from a chief drugs advisor or scientist. However since it came from a know-nothing prison worker who's opinion means bunk shit when delving into highly scientific subjects which requires long and stringent research before such an extreme and obtuse statement can be even whispered, let alone printed in a national newspaper.

    This is journalism at its absolute worst, and unfortunately half the british public are retarded and will believe it and the other half will use it to support their cause for banning all things fun. swims thanks all the douches who helped contribute to the article. :thumbsup:
  4. Sven99
    Somebody was clearly feeding them the precise kind of rubbish that they wanted to hear for giggles. Either that or 'anonymous' was made up to justify the story. Gutter journalism at its worst.

    Edited to add: somebody who isn't me posted this response to the article:

    "Your descriptions of mephedrone use (especially the violence and blackouts) sound nothing like the experiences of anyone who has taken it, or any drug support services that have come into contact with it.

    I would posit that your anonymous phone-call was from somebody having a laugh at your expense. As for your drugs support worker, he should know that without scientific study, making comments such as 'its mixed with fertiliser' and 'its the way to mental health problems' only adds to the hearsay.

    How many people in West Fife are only aware of mephedrone (and its easy availability online) because of your scaremongering articles? Far from educating people, all this article achieves is scaring one half of the population, and making the other half curious about a potentially dangerous drug"
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