Party drug mephedrone found for 1st time in Taiwan
TAIPEI -- The Department of Health (DOH) announced yesterday that the party drug mephedrone was found for the first time in Taiwan recently, and it warned the public of the serious effects it can have on people's health and lives.
According to the Food and Drug Administration under the DOH, some drugs containing mephedrone were found in a batch of illegal drugs seized by the Aviation Police Office recently.
Cheng Chin-feng, an official with the Division of Controlled Drugs, said that according to information obtained, mephedrone is a new substance produced in China that was exported to Europe as a chemical fertilizer beginning in 2008.
Because the substance is relatively new, all that's known about its composition is that it is similar to amphetamine, Cheng said.
As the drug's effect is short-lived, users may keep taking the drugs repeatedly, and that may cause severe constriction of the blood vessels, heart attack, irregular pulse, anxiety, and even death, he said.
Mephedrone, also known as meow meow, Meow, or M-Cat, is now officially a Class B controlled drug in the U.K., and an illegal drug in Germany and Sweden.
Worried about the spread of the new drug, the DOH will recommend to the Ministry of Justice that it classify mephedrone as a controlled drug, Cheng said.
He indicated that mephedrone has caused many deaths in other countries, citing a girl in the U.K. who died just a few hours after taking a drug containing both ketamine and mephedrone.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 11:00 am TWN, CNA
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