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  1. chillinwill
    Police are warning of the dangers of revellers taking a "legal" drug, which has led to one user ripping off his own scrotum.

    Mephedrone is being sold legally on the internet as plant fertiliser but is more commonly known on the streets as "drone", "bubble", "meow meow" or "legal high".

    Its chemical formula is one molecule different to ecstasy and as such dealers are claiming is not a controlled substance.

    Their sales pitch is that in powder, crystal or liquid form it is a legal ecstasy.

    However, Durham Police are warning that its use can result in severe nose bleeds, nose burns, hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety and paranoia, fits, delusions and can lead to a heart attack.

    It can become addictive and taken with alcohol or cut with other drugs it could result in death.

    Police said five young people had been admitted to hospital in County Durham in recent weeks after taking mephedrone.

    In Sweden an 18-year-old died from taking the drug and it has now been banned there, as well as Israel, Norway and Finland.

    Acting Sergeant Mick Urwin said: "The misuse of mephedrone could have a significant impact upon the drugs market both nationally and locally.

    "It can be envisaged that its use will become wider as word gets around of the ease of its availability and the fact it is not an illegal substance.

    "There are no criminal offences relating to the possession or supply of mephedrone and the effects are the same as Class A drugs.

    "The drug's extremely addictive and the user had to normally top up on a regular basis.

    "It could become a huge problem for both the police and local health authority.

    "Although it commonly appears to be turned into a powder and ingested inside a capsule, one concern is what are the effects if it digested in its liquid form, if drops are placed in a drink in a crowded bar and an unwitting person was to drink it. If so, it could have devastating consequences."

    The officer has compiled a report into the use of mephedrone across the Durham force area and part of his research has focused on online forums.

    The report states: "A large number of contributors state how addictive mephedrone is and they are constantly topping up as one individual states that after using it for 18 hours his hallucinations led him to believe that centipedes were crawling over him and biting him.

    "This led him to receive hospital treatment after he ripped his scrotum off."

    Inspector Kevin Tuck added: "We have seen the effects it has on young people.

    "We have had officers assaulted by those high on it and two people have collapsed in the street.

    "One person at Cockfield took 36 hours to come down from his 'high' and then had very serious paranoid problems when he did.

    "Concerns have been raised via pub watch and local youth services and we even have individuals from elsewhere in the country trying to buy via Teesdale links.

    "People are blatantly saying there is nothing the police can do because it is 'legal'.

    "The use of this drug is becoming more prevalent. Parents should be on their guard - particularly at this time of the year.

    "They need to know it is freely available on the internet and that teenagers are talking about it."

    Darren Archer, manager of the County Durham Drug and Alcohol Action Team, said: "People are allowing themselves to be fooled into believing that just because a drug is not illegal it must be safe.

    "Products sold as plant fertiliser will not be tested as safe for human consumption and will cause damage to health.

    "I can understand how people can be forced by peer pressure to experiment. My advice would be to use recognised websites like TalktoFRANK.com to get the full facts."

    A Home Office spokeswoman said mephedrone was not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

    "However, it will form part of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs' (ACMD) consideration of the harms and availability of other so called 'legal highs'," she said.

    "The Home Office would consider any recommendation from the ACMD."


    Jon Land
    November 26, 2009
    24Dash
    http://www.24dash.com/news/Communit...hedrone-dangers-after-user-ripped-off-scrotum

    mod edit: this has been proven false- scaremongering by the tabloid press. ~TF~

Comments

  1. chillinwill
    Oh how the propaganda continues...
  2. Synchronium
    The funniest sentence I've read all day.
  3. gregzy
    Typical un-educated writer who takes on the first biest report she/he finds without looking into the pro's incase he/she offends someone.
  4. gregzy
    Also is it just me or is it when almost any drug is mixed with alcohol it becomes seariously dangerous?

    I think the police should get there prioritys set out straight!!
  5. creaturefeatures
    must of been good stuff to rip his balls off!
  6. chillinwill
    Calls for drug ban after County Durham horror stories

    Police are warning of the dangers of revellers taking a ``legal" drug, which has led to one user ripping off his own scrotum.

    Mephedrone is being sold legally on the internet as plant fertiliser but is more commonly known on the streets as ``drone", ``bubble", ``meow meow" or ``legal high".

    Durham Police are warning that its use can result in severe nose bleeds, nose burns, hallucinations, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety and paranoia, fits, delusions and can lead to a heart attack.

    Police said five young people had been admitted to hospital in County Durham in recent weeks after taking mephedrone.

    In a report an officer said: "One individual states that after using it for 18 hours his hallucinations led him to believe that centipedes were crawling over him and biting him.

    ``This led him to receive hospital treatment after he ripped his scrotum off."

    November 26, 2009
    Chronicle Live
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nort...-county-durham-horror-stories-72703-25263328/
  7. Alfa
    This story may be true. Mephedrone has numerous vasoconstriction horror stories. Other drugs that cause severe vasoconstriction do cause necrosis and thus body parts can die.
  8. Nature Boy
    I guess it's a possibility if people outright binge on mephedrone, all day every day in high doses. But this reminds me of the "snowball" scare that sprang up in Ireland a few years back. Sold as ecstasy, snowballs were probably DOx's of some kind where people misjudged the dosage and a popular horror story emerged about a guy that gouged out his eye whilst tripping. I'm not even sure if it was true or not but the story spread like wildfire.

    Regardless, all drugs have their horror stories. If there's any shred of truth to them, the horrific incidents tend to happen to people who have no idea what drug they're taking and in what dose. A simple rookie lesson for all drug users I suppose.
  9. anablog
    " "Although it commonly appears to be turned into a powder and ingested inside a capsule, one concern is what are the effects if it digested in its liquid form, if drops are placed in a drink in a crowded bar and an unwitting person was to drink it. If so, it could have devastating consequences." "

    This cannot be mephedrone. The only way you couldn't taste it if your tongue had been necrotised. I think the Northern accent has probably been misinterpreted and the guy actually said some scrote had ripped him off. Then again having a flashback to a certain night when i wasnt there maybe if swims nails had been a bit longer maybe his scrotum could have been ripped off.
  10. chillinwill
  11. Mammon
    Watching Hollyoaks makes me want to rip my balls off, and no-one's talking about banning that.
  12. planet101
    lol .
    this can't be true ,i mean, really? with his bare hands ,is that even possible?
    sounds too much like disinformation from those who want it banned to me...
  13. Curiouscat22
    mephedrone makes man rip his own scrotum off!!!!

    This was the latest from the Northern Echo on Mephedrone.....
    BURSTING THE BUBBLE, 10TH OF DECEMBER 2009
    The latest recreational drug, mephedrone, is causing widespread concern in the region.
    Health Editor Barry Nelson finds out how easy it is to buy this still legal fix.
    IT doesn’t bear thinking about. A young man, so tormented by drug-induced delirium, that he ripped off his scrotum. According to the internet chatroom where this incident was posted, the man, who has not been named, had been using a drug called Mephedrone.
    After continully taking mephedrone – also known as bubble, drone, meph or meow – for 18 hours, his hallucinations got so bad that he was convinced that centipedes were crawling over him and biting him.
    It’s not clear if this incident really happened, but what is known is that the police and drug agencies across Britain are becoming seriously worried about the widespread availability of this still legal drug.
    What certainly did happen a few weeks ago in quiet, rural Teesdale was that five young people had to be taken to hospital suffering from the effects of mephedrone.
    Two collapsed in the street in the village of Cockfield.
    In a separate incident in Teesdale, several police officers were assaulted by someone high on mephedrone.
    In an area of very low crime, this was so unusual that County Durham police put out a strongly-worded statement warning young people against this new craze.
    Bluntly, the message was that mephedrone was a dangerous new drug which could be lethal, particularly if it is mixed with alcohol or other drugs.
    Just 24 hours after the Teesdale cluster of cases was reported, an even more headline grabbing event took place – the tragic death of 14-year-old Brighton schoolgirl, Gabriella Price, who is understood to have taken mephedrone before becoming critically ill.
    Suddenly there were reports of people using Mephedrone all over the UK.
    Unlike heroin, cocaine, cannabis or ecstasy, it is still legal to buy mephedrone over the internet.
    Armed with a credit card, it is easy to purchase a bag full of bubble and even have it delivered by courier to your home.
    It is believed that mephedrone is manufactured in drug laboratories in China and then shipped to Europe – especially the UK – for sale.
    Usually described as not being safe for human consumption and often labelled as plant food, mephedrone has been engineered so that it is slightly different from several banned drugs, such as ecstasy and crystal meth. But that tiny difference means it is not covered by existing government legislation.
    According to the magazine Druglink, which is aimed at health professionals working in the drugs field, the chemical make-up of mephedrone is so close to other controlled drugs that it mimics many of the effects of some illegal drugs.
    For about £14 you can buy about a gram of mephedrone (or dimethylmethcathinone to give the drug its full chemical name) and this is enough for five doses.
    Mike Power, writing in Druglink, says users claim the drug is like a cross between highquality cocaine and ecstasy. They also report that the drug has “an almost instant, relaxing yet stimulated high”.
    They say they feel less inhibited and experience an “intense physical and mental euphoria” with an enhanced sense of touch.
    One particularly worrying aspect of taking mephedrone is that some users report that they find it difficult not to binge on the drug, which increases the possibility of hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia and fits.
    According to Druglink, synthetically-produced drugs like mephedrone first appeared in Israel in 2004. After being banned there, drug factories sprung up in China.
    EVEN though it is still legal, Durham police have made it clear they will take a tough stance to combat the problem.
    The force has warned that it will arrest anyone found in possession of mephedrone – usually in the form of a white power – on suspicion of possession of a banned substance.
    Anyone in possession will be taken to a police cell, their DNA and fingerprints will be taken and, depending on the outcome, this could have serious implications on their future, such as job applications.
    It is believed that use of mephedrone is now spreading around the region and the country.
    So far, most reports have suggested that South Durham and Darlington are regional hotspots, but police in North Yorkshire say they have seen a recent increase in the amount of mephedrone seized by officers.
    Darren Archer, manager of County Durham Drug and Alcohol Action Team, said young people and their parents needed to be aware of this latest drug threat.
    “Our biggest worry for the safety of kids is that it is likely if they are taking these drugs they will be drinking as well,” he said.
    “Just because it is not illegal to sell this product it doesn’t mean it is safe. After all, you can buy bleach and lighter fuel from the corner shop but you wouldn’t drink it.”
  14. Abrad
    That story was true. The pills contained DOB and that guy was from Greystones Co. Wicklow.

    Warnings issued over snowballs.
    Drugs snowballing out of control
  15. John Doe
    The scrotum piece is amazing me today. It was the Sunderland Echo that first tagged the video as 'Drug user ripped off his own scrotum' without any mention of it in the video at all. The journo who wrote the piece quoted some anecdote the cop had found on a message board about it, no doubt something he mentioned in jest while getting setup, surely he shouldn't be allowed to do that if it's not in the video??

    Anyway that's beside the point. Newspapers that print this kind of unsubstantiated rubbish should have to retract the articles in cases like this for the sake of society and what it believes. I can guarantee right now there are people who will use the scrotum ripping as an argument against Mephedrone for years to come, and what happens when someone calls them up on it? Read on =)

    Take Gabrielle Price for example, there were a lot of articles written in a very short space of time linking her to Mephedrone and touting on about the danger to society this new beast was going to be. Now the articles have all been deleted!! Gone forever it would seem. The Sun and the Daily Mail articles have been completely erased from the interwebs and not even a little piece remains explaining why.

    The mind wonders what else they retrospectively 'tidy up'?
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