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  1. chillinwill
    A total 180 pupils at one secondary school have been off sick in the last four months after taking the legal party drug mephedrone, police have claimed.

    The potentially lethal substance is sold legally as a fertiliser but produces a similar high to ecstasy if ingested.

    Police say children as young as eight are regular users.

    Mephedrone - also known as Miaow or M-cat - costs as little as £4 per gram and comes in powder, crystal or liquid form.

    Today it emerged a secondary school in north west Leicestershire has seen 180 pupils skip classes after taking the drug.

    Head teachers in Leicestershire are so worried about the spiralling numbers of students taking the drug they are calling for a crisis conference to discuss how to tackle the problem.

    Steve Jackson, Drug Liaison officer for Leicestershire Police, said: 'This is an emerging drug which is causing us great concern.

    'We shouldn't be fooled by the fact it is legal. It is seriously nasty stuff that is making a lot of people violently ill.

    'Head teachers are very worried about it and have called for a conference on what to do to stop young people taking it.

    'We have had 180 pupils off ill because of this stuff and that's just at one school.

    'It's only one chemical strand away from being something that would be classified as an illegal drug.

    'The age range can be from eight or nine up to their 20s.

    'When you take it, the urge to re-dose is very strong and the more you take, the more dangerous it is.'

    Martin Wiese, consultant emergency physician at Leicester Royal Infirmary, said a number of people had been brought in suffering from the effects of taking mephedrone.

    He said: 'We have certainly seen some cases where it has definitely been established that it has been taken.

    'There have no doubt been others and there will probably be more and more given its growing popularity.

    'There is no doubt it can kill. It over-stimulates the heart and the nervous system and can cause fits, a sensation of pounding, anxiety and paranoia. Many countries in central Europe are already going down the road to making it illegal.'

    Mr Jackson said: 'It's a plant fertilizer in powder form that normally goes on tomatoes and bonsai trees.

    'I think it will eventually become an illegal substance but until that time the challenge is to educate young people who believe there are no risks in taking it because it is not against the law.

    'Anyone caught carrying a bag of this stuff could be arrested because to any police officer it appears just as cocaine does.

    'They would remain on bail until testing has proved what it is.'

    The Home Office is taking advice from the Advisory Council for Drugs on whether mephedrone should be made illegal.

    Leicestershire County Council said it is looking at ways to prevent youngsters using the drug.

    A spokeswoman said: 'We're aware of issues surrounding mephedrone and are working to make sure that young people are aware of the associated risks, regardless of its legal status.

    'This includes exploring legislation to limit availability locally, producing leaflets, boosting outreach work, working with schools to highlight the issue and incorporating mephedrone into drug education lessons.'

    Mephedrone has been blamed for a number of deaths in Britain including 14-year-old Gabrielle Price who died after taking the drug at a house party in Brighton last November.

    March 8, 2010
    Daily Mail
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...pils-school-sick-taking-legal-party-drug.html

Comments

  1. Abrad
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    I find that hard to believe. Early teens maybe but no fucking 8 year old is taking mephedrone, I just don't believe it. Pure alarmist nonsense.
    I had honestly thought everyone knew about that by now. And he's the officer in charge of dealing with this? That is fucking pathetic.
  2. Lets all just drink wee
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    LOL. Imagine if 8 year olds were doing it. Teacher: "I new something was wrong when all the kids were telling me how good I was at teaching, and how glad they were that I was their teacher, I thought they were just being nice, but now I know the truth, something needs to be done to stop this horrific behaviour before it gets out of hand."
  3. Guybrush08
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    In all honesty, most of those kids are just having a day off with a big ALCOHOL hangover. They were obviously taking alcohol aswell and being the 'youngsters' they are, they are going to be taking more than enough to feel shitty the next morning.

    Its just bloody over excited journalists trying to provoke a response.

    Let people do whatever they want to their own body.
    Let people do whatever they want to their own body.
    Let people do whatever they want to their own body.
  4. chillinwill
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    'Meow Meow' kids go off sick

    ALMOST 200 pupils at a single secondary school have been off sick in just four months after taking the 'Meow Meow' party drug.

    Mephedrone is sold legally as a fertiliser but produces a similar high to ecstasy if ingested and is being taken by kids as young as eight.

    Since December a staggering 180 youngsters have skipped classes at a school in north west Leicestershire after feeling the ill effects of the drug.

    Alarming

    Headteachers in the area are so alarmed they have planned a crisis meeting to decide what can be done.

    Steve Jackson, drug liaison officer for Leicestershire Police, said: "This is an emerging drug which is causing us great concern.

    "We shouldn't be fooled by the fact it is legal. It is seriously nasty stuff that is making a lot of people violently ill. The age range can be from eight or nine up to their 20s.

    "Headteachers are very worried about it and have called for a conference on what to do to stop young people taking it."

    The drug — also known as 'Bubble', 'Drone' or 'Bounce' — costs as little as £4 a gram and comes in powder, crystal or liquid form.

    Mephedrone is very similar to drugs already outlawed.

    Mr Jackson added: "It's only one chemical strand away from being something that would be classified as an illegal drug.

    "When you take it, the urge to re-dose is very strong and the more you take, the more dangerous it is."

    A string of people have been hospitalised by it.

    Martin Wiese, consultant emergency physician at Leicester Royal Infirmary, said: "There is no doubt it can kill. It over-stimulates the heart and the nervous system and can cause fits, a sensation of pounding, anxiety and paranoia."

    The Home Office is taking advice from the Advisory Council for Drugs on whether mephedrone should be made illegal.

    Mephedrone has already been blamed for a number of deaths in Britain including that of 14-year-old Gabrielle Price who died after taking the drug at a house party in Brighton last November.

    By NEIL MILLARD
    March 9, 2010
    The Sun
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2883607/Meow-Meow-kids-go-off-sick.html
  5. missparkles
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    To be honest, mephedrone is a dangerous drug, just cos it's legal, people believe it's not harmful. It's a very strong stimulant, and anyone that knows anything about drugs knows that stimulants (in the wrong hands) can be dangerous.

    I think we have to acknowledge that people are always gonna take drugs and make it as safe as possible for them to do this. And we have to protect the niave members of society. Education, as opposed to complete banning, is the best way to do this.

    Sparkles.:vibes:
  6. Dr_Janus
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    Anything in the daily mail should be taken with a pinch of salt, any (sensible) Briton knows that, but nevertheless, Mephedrone is a powerful drug and in the hands on young people who don't know a thing about dosing, side effects and the risks this is a very dangerous situation.
  7. Sven99
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    So the school has 180 notes from parents saying 'jimmy won't be in today because he's high on miaow' ??? I think not. There is no way in hell they could have gotten that figure. They've found a school with a truancy problem where a few students have been caught with mephedrone and are trying to make out that the two are linked.
  8. Dr_Janus
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    Like swim said, that's the Daily Mail for you. Swim wouldn't pick up dog shit with that paper let alone insult his mind by reading, sorry to be so blunt.
  9. EscapeDummy
    Re: Police reveal 180 pupils at one school off sick after taking legal 'Meow Meow' pa

    If they're over the age of consent, maybe. Absolutely not if they're teenagers or younger.
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