Back in April 2009 we first told you about an unknown drug growing in popularity here in Bend, risking the lives of teens. It's been over a year since the story ran, police say they haven't seen this drug since but one former user says it's here now more than ever.
The drug in the picture above is chemically called Mephedrone. In Portland it's known as "Meow Meow", in Bend it's been named "Sunshine". "It is dangerous, and no one really knows how dangerous it is yet but i've seen it and I've seen what it can do and they really need to be prepared," said a recovering Sunshine addict.
"Highly addictive, and when you're on it you constantly want more and more and you're constantly chasing that high," she adds.
The girl you're hearing from has been using Sunshine for years, now in recovery she wishes to remain anonymous. "Like when I hadn't eaten for a week at a time and I'd faint constantly and I didn't realize I was dying," she said.
Police first discovered the drug in our area in April of 2009. It was listed as the cause of an overdose, and was seized a handful of times by police. However police didn't know what it was or if it was illegal. Tests on the drug came back that June showing a synthetic stimulant and traces of exctasy, but since then police haven't seen it around. "Oh it's definitley still here, it's much more here now than it ever has been, they (sunshine users) want it to stay kind of unknown, and they want to keep it new and fresh," she added.
The drug can be bought online and some told us they got the drug from Portland. "I know it's in California, I know it's on the east coast, I think it's pretty much everywhere," she said.
"Because it is a new influx into our area we're interested in it because CODE is a clearing house for drug reports that come in from different locations in Central Oregon," said Lt. John Gautney with the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement agency.
In Central Oregon you'll be charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class C Felony punishable by up to five years behind bars and a $5,000 fine.
October 19, 2010
News Video clip embedded on story linked above
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