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  1. John Doe
    Police warn of mephedrone danger after woman dies

    Police in North Yorkshire have issued a stark warning that mephedrone may have been a factor in the death of a 24-year-old woman in the latest incident involving the controversial party drug.

    Police said the unidentified woman was found dead by a friend at an address in Norton, North Yorkshire on Monday morning.

    "Detectives are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, however there is a suggestion that legal-high mephedrone (MCAT) may be a factor," police said in a statement.

    A post-mortem will be held in the coming days.

    The legal drug -- which is also known as meow meow and MCAT -- is sold online as plant food for as little as £10 a gram.

    It has been linked to a spate of recent deaths -- including those of Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, from Scunthorpe last week -- and calls have mounted for the substance to be banned.

    The government's drugs advisory council is expected to make a formal recommendation next week over whether the drug should be made illegal.

    North Yorkshire Police said that despite the drug's legal status "people need to know that this substance is very dangerous" and urged anyone who has taken it to seek immediate medical advice.

    "Although at this time it can not be determined whether mephedrone is present within the deceased's system or whether the drug played any part in her death, the police would like to warn people about the use of the drug and its potentially lethal consequences," said Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello .

    Elsewhere, Humberside police are still awaiting the results of the toxicology tests for Wainwright and Smith. Both are believed to have taken mephedrone before they died.

    In a separate case, a 46-year-old man from Hove was confirmed to have died as a result of mephedrone poisoning. John Sterling Smith suffered a cardiac arrest on February 7 after taking the drug, police said last week.


    AFP European Edition | 2010-03-23 11:10:12

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  1. Finn Mac Cool
    North Yorkshire woman took mephedrone before death

    A woman who has died in North Yorkshire had recently taken the legal drug mephedrone, police have been told.

    The 24-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, was found at a friend's house in Norton, near Malton, at 0900 GMT on Monday.

    The woman's family and friends said she had taken mephedrone "freely" in the 48 hours before her death. She may have also taken other substances.

    Post-mortem and toxicology tests will be carried out in the next two days.

    Those tests will determine whether mephedrone, which is sold legally on the internet as "plant food", contributed to the woman's death.

    The death follows those of Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, who died in Scunthorpe last week after taking a mixture of mephedrone, the heroin substitute methadone and alcohol.

    'Devastating consequences'

    Speaking about the Norton woman's death, Det Ch Insp Nigel Costello, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "We can't link it definitely to mephedrone.

    "We'll certainly be able to have a better answer of that when a post-mortem and toxicology tests have been conducted later, in the next 48 hours.

    "We do know in the 48 hours up to her death she freely used mephedrone and it may have had a cause of her death."
    Mephedrone
    The drug is sold legally on the internet as plant food

    Mr Costello said evidence suggested the woman may have also taken other substances.

    He said the woman's family were "devastated" and "very cut up" by her death.

    The detective warned people about the "devastating consequences" of taking the drug.

    He said: "I don't think people should be under the misconception that it's only readily available in big cities. It isn't - it's available in small market towns also.

    "It's not a controlled substance, and people are classing it as a legal high.

    "We're not seeking to media scare by any means, but people should know the devastating consequences that exist.

    "It's plant food, it has no quality assurance in what you are taking, it's not meant for human consumption, it's not meant for ingestion or inhalation".

    The government's chief drugs adviser, Les Iversen, has indicated that his panel will recommend mephedrone be made illegal.

    Professor Iversen said he expected a recommendation to be made to the Home Secretary next Monday when the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs meets to consider the issue.


    Page last updated at 12:52 GMT, Tuesday, 23 March 2010

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/8580975.stm

    there is a 1:44 news video clip embedded in the story linked
  2. Finn Mac Cool
    I wonder how many deaths, like my freinds, are going unreported.
  3. John Doe
    Hi,

    I'm very sorry to hear about your friend and your loss. You have my condolences.

    Is there anywhere I can find further information about his death? I'm interested in just how much strain he was putting himself under. If this is out of order I'm sorry.

    Thanks
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