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The Co-Ingestion of Alcohol and Mephedrone - an Emerging Cause of Acute Medical Admissions in Young

The Co-Ingestion of Alcohol and Mephedrone - an Emerging Cause of Acute Medical Admissions in Young

  1. Jatelka
    West London Medical Journal. 2010 Dec;2(4):9-13

    McGaw C, Kankam O

    Over the past year hospitals in the United Kingdom have seen a number of party-going youths and young adults admitted to Emergency departments following ingestion of mephedrone. Mephedrone is a synthetic stimulant that produces effects similar to that of amphetamines 1,2. Until recently this popular drug belonged to a group of substances commonly termed 'legal highs' and was widely available and easily obtained under the guise of plant food from various internet sites and 'head shops'3,4. It is a relative newcomer on the UK drug scene, however the early months of 2010 saw escalating publicity and public concern centred around several tragic young deaths which were linked to the drug5. In April this year rapidly enforced legislation lead to the re-classification of mephedrone under the United Kingdom Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971. Street names include 'm-cat', 'drone', 'meow meow', 'meph' and 'moonshine'.