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  1. chillinwill
    HEALTH officials in part of the region are believed to be the first in the country to target teenagers using the “legal high” mephedrone.

    The Northern Echo revealed last month how police were warning that someone could die from taking the drug that has put five local youngsters in hospital.

    The craze began in Teesdale, County Durham – an area with one of the lowest crime rates in the country – and now hundreds of leaflets warning youths about its dangers are being distributed.

    The leaflets were produced by the County Durham Drug and Alcohol Team.

    Although mephedrone can produce blackouts, severe hallucinations and mental health problems, it is not yet on the list of banned drugs.

    The leaflet is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

    Two months ago, the village of Cockfield hit the national headlines when five young people were taken to hospital suffering from the effects.

    One of them took 36 hours to come down from his druginduced high, and he then suffered serious paranoia.

    With reports of mephedrone being used by young people across County Durham and Darlington, there are fears that people could die.

    Initially the leaflets will target Teesdale, but copies could be produced to meet demand elsewhere in County Durham.

    Mephedrone, which is also known as drone, meph, mieow and M-cat, mimics the effects of ecstasy, amphetamines and cocaine.

    It can be legally ordered over the internet for the price of a takeaway meal.

    Inspector Kevin Tuck, from Teesdale Police, said: “We believe this is the first multi-agency advisory leaflet in the country for mephedrone. We have just taken delivery of the first batch of 500 and we will be distributing them.”

    Apart from giving information about the drug, it warns potential users that while it may initially make them feel confident and energetic, it could lead to symptoms such as nosebleeds, stomach cramps, heart problems, severe psychosis and paranoia.

    The leaflet will go out to senior schools in Teesdale, local youth organisations, pubs and bars in Barnard Castle and doctors’ surgeries.

    The leaflet has contact numbers for anyone concerned about mephedrone to get more information.

    Barry Nelson
    December 26, 2009
    The Northern Echo


  1. Alfa
    Can anyone find a digital version of that flyer?
  2. Abrad
    I too would be very interested to see this. If they gave out genuine harm reduction advice I would be impressed. Can't see it though.
  3. beemac
    I would be impressed too, this article is also fairly accurate and not the usual sensationalist stuff written when mephedrone is usually written about.
  4. Curiouscat22
    Here is the leaflet produced. Its a minimum amount of info but ok for a startand for young people.
  5. TheGecko
    what can they really write?

    dont get me wrong, gecko is fully behind warning and dicsouraging the teeny generation who seem to be really going mad i forthe stuff lately

    we all (well most) in drugs forum have done lots of research and know that this chem is not too be taken lightly and that new users should treat it with total respect!

    for that reason G thinks that bringing info and facts to the masses is a good dea HOWEVER one thing does cross my mind and thas that mephedron is so new. We really should investigate this and learn far more about its properties before releasing information to the public.
    I mean, he often see reports of journalf on the meph section here but alot of them do turn out to be questionable!

    my only hope is that it will raise awareness for parents and peers and prompt them to help young/ potential swimmers into evaluating this drug and making a sensible decision!
  6. mystic_mOOg
    On the flyer it says 'if you think you have been effected'.
    I always get this mixed up but shouldn't it be 'affected'?

    Good on them for trying to educate people. Teenagers will always have an element of bravado about their consumption whether it is weed, alcohol or other chemicals, only with age do we acquire wisdom. Personally, I don't think the leaflet is strong enough considering it's target demographic.

    I realise shock tactics are not the way educate but I have read some pretty nasty stuff about meph and would certainly think twice about giving it to any of my plants after reading some of the information available. (Scrotum ripping aside)

    Surely it's time for a rational discussion about drug policy, we have a chemical that is readily available and legal that's more harmful than illegal ones?! Just doesn't make sense to place another substance on to the black market.
  7. 10outof10
    It's not actually the first in the country!! SWIM's organisation had produced an information sheet on mephedrone in particular months ago and have updated this several times since more info has became available. One of SWIM's colleagues and SWIM shared this info with Erowid and updated wikipedia although I see there has been adulterations since-not sure if all is accurate. It is good to see the police geeting involved with harm reduction and it's a hell of a lot better than the Scottish police memo!!
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