Mephedrone

Mephedrone

Street names: Mieow, Meow, Meph, Mephedrone, MCAT, 4MMC

Similar drugs: Methylone, Methedrone, Naphyrone

Drug type: Stimulant

Is Mephedrone legal?

Legal status: Mephedrone used to be a 'legal high'. But that all changed in April 2010, when it was reclassified as a Class B drug.

Now, if you're caught with it, you could go to prison for five years. Anyone dealing mephedrone could face a maximum of 14 years in jail plus a hefty fine.

What is Mephedrone?

What is it? You either take mephedrone as a pill, snort it or bomb it (when you wrap it in rolling paper and swallow it). The 'active' ingredient in mephedrone is cathinone from the plant Khat, which is commonly used as a stimulant in East Africa.

You used to be able to buy it on the internet, where dealers often called it 'plant food' or a 'research chemical'. Now these sites have been closed down, although dealers still sell mephedrone illegally.

What does Mephedrone do?

How it can make you feel: The effects of mephedrone are that you feel euphoric, very alert, empathetic and talkative. However, some people feel anxious and paranoid.

The risks: Mephedrone is very addictive. Many users say they can't stop taking it until all their Mephedrone is gone. Because the 'high' from the drug only lasts for a short time, users tend to take more and more to keep up the feeling.

Even just taking a little can cause you to have a fit, your heart beat and breathing to become irregular, tiredness, nose bleeds and mouth sores.

Read one young person's 'Letter to Mephedrone' to find out how it affected their life.

Click this link to visit the Fixers website and hear from a young person how Mephedrone affected them.

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