A dangerous new legal high called mephedrone is sweeping its way around the UK club circuit, with thousands using the untested drug to reach new highs.
Mephedrone, otherwise known as Meow Meow or Bubbles, may have only been in the underground scene for six months, but it has just gone mainstream and is causing a stir in clubs all over the UK.
Mephedrone, not to be confused with Methadone, is a power that can be stirred into drinks or sniffed. It can sometimes, but very rarely, be found in pill form. Results of a survey recently carried out by magazine Mixmag suggest that Mephedrone is currently the 4th most popular substance on the club circuit. The drug is a stimulant, which sends the user into a euphoric state and raises alertness.
The drug carries serious health risks and has been linked to several deaths over the past six months. It can become compulsive to use and cause serious nosebleeds and headaches to first time users.
George, 19, a regular drug user, first took mephedrone last summer when the drug was virtually unheard of. He said: “I was first given the drug for free by a stranger on a night out. Obviously I was aware of the risks that came with taking it, but it was something new to try.
“I know its dangerous to those with heart conditions and those with a history of mental illness, but that’s the same with any stimulant.”
Mephedrone is a legal drug, which means that it can easily be found on the Internet, or available to buy in clubs. It’s often sold on the Internet under the name ‘plant food’. Legal highs are drugs which are legal because they have yet to be tested.
An advisor at the government-funded drug helpline “Talk to Frank” told The Linc: “You can’t ever know what you are taking when consuming a legal high, therefore the effects can be unpredictable. Some legal highs can have similar effects to stimulant or depressant drugs that are illegal and can cause a range of side effects such as paranoia, fits and even a risk of coma or death.”
George told The Linc: “I think the only way I would choose to take methadrone again would be if there was no quality MDMA available on the market”
Tara, aged 19, didn’t have the same high that George got from the drug: “It was trippy, I got claustrophobic, there were too many people around and I felt everything was caving in on me.
“I only tried it after I’d heard about it from friends, and when my dealer offered me some I thought I would try it. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it.”
The government has said it is a “priority” to find out more about the dangers of using a stimulant drug. It’s reported that a team of government health experts and care teams are looking into the dangers and long-term effects of mephedrone.
By Candi Hindocha
February 19, 2010
They at least realized it wasn't Methadone, but still misspelled the name incorrectly in the URL. When will the media learn.