A partygoer who took mephedrone has died after blasting himself in the head with a shotgun, it has been claimed.
Wesley Sharples, 23, was discovered with gunshot wounds at his flat in Bolton after a party where friends claimed he had taken the drug - also known as 'meow meow'.
The man was taken to hospital but died soon afterwards.
Police said today they were unable to confirm reports that he may have taken the dance drug, but added that they were not able to rule it out until they receive the results of toxicology tests.
A spokesman said: 'We have sent blood samples off to toxicology and until we get that back we cannot guess or speculate what he may or may not have taken.
'These may take several weeks to come back.'
Mr Sharples had invited friends to his home on the day he died for a party after drinking at a local pub.
A friend told The Sun newspaper that the group had a 'quantity of mephedrone' and that there had been 'huge problems with meow meow' in the area.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death on March 28.
A Facebook page set up in memory of Mr Sharples described him as a 'true legend' with a 'smooth dress sense and infectious smile'.
A post by Sammi Wood read: 'Known u since being a nipper. Rip ur sadly missed by many... thoughts are with ur parents n family xxx'
Keshia Ayia Napa Seaton wrote: 'You are a true super star wes i am guna miss you so much we are all bein strong for ur mum and for each other look afta gaya for me luv u xxx'
Mr Sharples has a link to anti-mephedrone site 'Say NO to Bubble', although it is not known if friends added him as a fan after his death or if he joined himself.
At the end of last month, the Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced that mephedrone would be made illegal 'within weeks' after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) sent him a report on its use.
Prior to the ban being announced, Dr Polly Taylor, a member of the ACMD resigned, saying she 'did not have trust' in the way the government would use the advice given by the ACMD.
Eric Carlin, another member of the ACMD, also resigned after the announcement that mephedrone would be made illegal, saying that the decision by the Home Secretary was 'unduly based on media and political pressure'.
He claimed there was 'little or no discussion about how our recommendation to classify this drug would be likely to impact on young people's behaviour'.
APril 7, 2010
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Partygoer, 23, blasts himself in head with a shotgun 'after taking meow meow drug'