A Belfast mother, who lost her son after he took the so-called legal high mephedrone, is begging people not to take the drug.
Frances Finn's son Michael Malone, who was due to become a father to triplets, was found dead in a friend's house in February.
"It was his birthday recently. He would have been 24. Instead of celebrating at home and having a party I'd to go up to the cemetery", his mother told UTV.
"I just wanted to dig him up. I wanted him up. I wanted to hug him and tell him everything was all right."
"I wouldn't recommend anyone taking mephedrone", she told UTV.
"Please, do me a favour and stop and that would be something. If I can help somebody, if my Michael can help somebody then that would be a lot better".
Mephedrone, which has the same effects as a Class A drug and is widely available on the internet, has claimed the lives of a number of young people across the UK.
It is so widespread it has a number of nicknames on the streets, such as McCat, Meow, Meph, 4mmc, Drone and Bubbles.
The government's chief drugs advisor has hinted it could be banned and reclassified as a class B drug.
But those who try to help people with drug addiction say that on the streets the use of Mephodrone is reaching epidemic proportions.
Dr Brian Fisher warned that action must be taken now.
"If it continues to be used commonly we are going to see more and more people very sick with it and more people who are going to die as a result of this, particularly if taken along with alcohol", he said.
On Wednesday three Sinn Fein MLAs submitted a motion in the Assembly calling for the banning of legal highs.
"Communities across the country and parents in particular are very concerned by the rate at which head shops are opening and the absolute lack of regulation governing the substances which they sell", Martina Anderson said.
"Sinn Fein has submitted a motion on the issue to be debated in the Assembly as a matter of urgency."
© UTV News
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
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