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Virtually a drug scare: Mephedrone and the impact of the Internet on drug news transmission

Virtually a drug scare: Mephedrone and the impact of the Internet on drug news transmission

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    International Journal of Drug Policy
    ARTICLE IN PRESS
    February, 2012

    Alasdair J.M. Forsyth

    Background:
    On the 16th April 2010 the drug mephedrone was outlawed in the UK. This followed news media reports of deaths linked to the drug. In many respects the mephedrone scare represented a familiar pattern of drug framing and legislative reaction. However, the mephedrone scare took place in the era of online news transmission.