Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mephedrone is the new drug on the U.K. club scene

People who want to get high and the authorities often engage in a game of cat and mouse with new drugs emerging as old ones are clamped down on. The latest 'legal high' to appear on the U.K. club scene is mephedrone which is usually snorted, although it can also be taken in pill form, mixed with drinks or injected. The drug is sold on the Internet as 'plant food' (it won't improve your geraniums) and is said to produce an effect like a cross between cocaine and ecstasy. In a poll for the dance music magazine Mixmag one in three readers said they had taken the drug. The poll was carried out on behalf of the National Addictions Centre at King's College London and found that 51% of users suffered from headaches, 43% from heart palpitations, 29% from nausea and 15% from cold or blue fingers.


bala said...

Good Post.

Steve said...

Thank for letting me know about Mephedrone. I have been under drug addiction intervention they didn't explained about this drug.

Dave said...

There's been a lot of talk about banning this stuff, but if they do that what about solvent-based products?

John Gale said...

Well I guess the authorities never completely catch up with the current drug scene and I am sure the Internet makes it easier to synthesise new drugs which haven't been banned yet. There will probably always be people looking for an artificial high but this doesn't mean that it's necessarily a good thing or that the Government shouldn't act to clamp down on dangerous substances.
Best Wishes,
John Gale,
Mental Health Update