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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mephedrone Facing Ban

Drugs, including alcohol, and mind-altering substances have been used in religious rites since time immemorial, but they have also been used recreationally - arguably for about as long. These days though, most drug use is specifically recreational and price is a factor. This is how a plant food has recently become one of the more popular club drugs in the UK and is now facing probable banning.

Mephedrone, aka M-Cat, Meow, MC, et.al., is actually plant fertilizer. The side effects when ingested include rapid heartbeat and mild euphoria, but the product has led to the deaths of several young people in recent weeks, forcing UK authorities to consider classifying Mephedrone as a Class B substance. Some experts assert it is simply amphetamine by another name.

Mephedrone can be procured in pill or tablet form, but is often powdered for snorting.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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  1. The seventh Advisory Council boardmember to resign in the wake of former chairman, Prof. David Nutt's, firing is Eric Carlin, who said the Board's pledge to ban Mephedrone was a decision made by the media and political pressure, and was only announced to placate the public in an election time.

    Carlin said he was "disillusioned" with the "apparent lack of interest" the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has shown in the larger issues. Carlin feels drug use should be seen through the light of a social problem, not a criminal one, and said he was unwilling to be part of the "criminalization of increasing numbers of young people."