Calls to Ban Mephedrone
Last year, the government banned GBL, a substance that had previously been used as a ‘legal high’ and resulted in the death of a teenage girl. There are several different types of substances on the market that have not yet been made illegal, but can have similar effects to those of cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines.
Over the last few months, Mephedrone has dramatically increased in popularity. Also known as Meow Meow or M-CAT, this legal drug should not be confused with ‘Methadone’ which is a heroin substitute. The substance is currently legal to buy, and is sold as a plant food. The only stipulation that websites and shops must comply to in order to sell Mephedrone is to state that it is not sold for human consumption, however once it’s in the buyer’s hands nobody knows how they will use it. A few months ago our London escorts had never heard of the substance, but now it seems much more common at clubs and parties.
At the moment, even children can buy Mephedrone; all you need to buy it over the internet is a credit or debit card to make your payment – it will then be delivered to your house in the post. Schools have been coming forward this week voicing their concerns about the substance, claiming that students are taking it regularly and skipping classes.
Over the weekend, two teenage boys died after taking Mephedrone; the batch was found to be contaminated and 3 people have since been arrested in connection with the incident. It has already been made illegal in Denmark, Sweden and Australia.
Mephedrone usually comes in a white or yellow coloured powder or crystals, but can also be bought in pill form. It is either swallowed or snorted, and can lead to nose bleeds, insomnia, heart palpitations, and even psychosis. Many are concerned that is poses the same risk as any other Class A drug. Those who are pro-Mephedrone argue that it has caused far less fatalities than cigarettes or alcohol, both of which are legal. Not long ago Professor Nutt was sacked after publicly disagreeing with the government’s decision to grade marijuana as class B instead of class C, and refusing to downgrade ecstasy to a class B from class A.
The government will be holding a meeting on 29th March to discuss what action should be taken against the legality of Mephedrone; although many will still undoubtedly buy it on the black market, at least it won’t be so easily available to children.