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Mephedrone Deadly but currently legal in the UK

Updated on June 12, 2012
Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, died in Scunthorpe on Monday 15th March 2010 after taking the drug.
Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, died in Scunthorpe on Monday 15th March 2010 after taking the drug.

The news headlines in the UK have been full of information this week, regarding the deaths of two young men. Both used what has been termed a "legal high" in the UK, namely Mephedrone.

One young man was aged 18 and the other one 19, and both young men died.

This drug was news to me, but of course such sad deaths brings information to all age groups.

As of yet the cause of death, of each of these young men, has not been ascertained. There could have been other contributory factors. However, currently this news has been responsible for calls to urgently make Mephedrone illegal, in the UK.


What is Mephedrone?

Here is a web definition of Mephedrone:-

"4-Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone, 4-MMC, mmcat) is a stimulant drug related to cathinone and methcathinone. The effects of 4-methylmethcathinone are reportedly comparable to those of similar drugs such as MDMA and methy"

Mephedrone is a powder which is also known as plant food, meow meow and mcat. It is cheap and has been described as somewhere between ecstasy and cocaine as far as the hit it offers goes. Mephedrone can be bought easily and readily in the UK and online.


Here is some Drug Awareness information:-

“Mephedrone, also known as ‘plant food’ is a chemical produced outside the UK and whilst it is clearly marked ‘NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION,’ there are those ignoring that and ingesting it like other illegal drugs. We have dealt with a number of parents concerned about their children’s use of it as well as those seeking help having become dependent. It would appear to be an issue across the board from drug & alcohol services, police, youth and mental health services.

“Like other stimulant-type drugs, effects range from feelings of increased energy and alertness, euphoria and aggression to nausea and vomiting, paranoia and bleeding nose for those who snort it. Risks of overdose are high especially if mixed with alcohol or other drugs. It is also impossible to tell the true contents of a substance purchased as we are aware of those re-selling locally having ‘cut’ the powder with other substances – a risk with all drugs of course.”

Mephedrone has been around for a year or so now. The two deaths reported the week of March 15th 2010 have led to increased calls for this drug to be criminalised.

Despite this the press has shown various officials saying that this would be a bad idea. One such official seems to think that making Mephedrone illegal will only increase the chances of users dabbling with more dangerous drugs.

Another has said that the case against Mephedrone has not yet been proven.His stance was that the government should exercise caution until the case against the use of Me[phedrone is proven.

All fine and dandy but it does not help the dead men's families.

My Thoughts

Although I understand what these officials are saying I think it would be prudent to ban first whilst thorough checks are being carried out. Let's face it Mephedrone could always be decriminalised if full tests showed that the drug was safe.

Of course one of the problems is that those selling Mephedrone may be selling any number of lethal combinations and claiming that it is Mepehdrone.

With this in mind users have no idea what Russian roulette cocktail they are playing with.

For now my thoughts go to the the two young men's families that are facing the loss of their loved ones. These two young men were just ordinary lads looking for a bit of a buzz on a night out. Unfortunately as so often happens their demise was the result.

Whether it was the Mephedrone or a mixture of other contributory factors we may never know. However common sense tells me that Mephedrone is not good news.

What do you think?

Should Mephedrone be made illegal in the UK?

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      virtual treasures you are not supposed to add html to comments. If you want to call back please do. Sorry

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes Dolores we all act daft when we are young.

      I shall check your hub out Barbara.

      I read in the Sunday papers today that the British Government looks set to make Mephedrone illegal by Christmas. It remains to be seen if this helps though.

      Yes Barbara what fun indeed :)

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      Barbara Bethard 

      10 years ago from Tucson, Az





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      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      It's horrible how the young folks always find something deadly to get high. Glue, spay cans, all kinds of crap that I could not imagine using, even when I was young and stupid. Maybe they could add something to the Mephedron that makes it unappealing, something that makes it stink, or makes them want to throw up. That way, instead of the glamour of the stuff being outlawed, it could be its own turn-off.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I wonder too Amanda. I read that very young children have been taking Mephedron which is very worrying. Thanks for your visit and comments

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      Amanda Severn 

      10 years ago from UK

      Hi Ethel, I saw this news story too, and it's topical for me of course, as I have a teenager myself, plus many friends with young adults in their families. I asked my daughter if she knew any one who might have taken this drug and she looked at me as though I were stupid. According to her, there are children at her school who have tried all sorts of drugs. Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised as she is at a large comprehensive, yet I am shocked really. When I was a teenager it was considered daring to pass a joint of cannabis round at a party, or to over-indulge on a bottle of Strongbow cider with your mates. Nowadays that's all very tame, and I do wonder where we're heading with all this.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lol. Jen you are kind, my buddy

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      Jen's Solitude 

      10 years ago from Delaware

      Actually it just goes to show you are right on top of current events and I have come to depend on you for the most accurate information about news events in your neck of the woods. So well done and keep it up, ok? (smile)

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Oh Jen I am becoming predictable lol. I decided to write about Mephedrone as the two young men who died did not live that far from my home town. Very sad. Thanks for the visit and your comments Jen

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      Jen's Solitude 

      10 years ago from Delaware

      Ethel I just heard about this story last night and believe it or not thought about you and wondered if you were going to write about this . . YOU DID! It is amazing to me what kids will fine to get high. Apparently this drug is outlawed in 2 states here, but I'm sure as more kids overdose from this drug, more attention will be made to outlawing it. Now if kids could just be taught to handle their problems without the use of drugs! Truly saddens me!

      Great hub, as usual

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks all for your feedback.

      I had a short period when I was young when I was no angel. However times change and the substances are so fraught with danger these days. I know that Governments cannot ban all substances but they need to up the ante.

      I do hope those involved will heed the warnings that these two deaths show.

      Whether dabbling in drugs is for the hit, rebellion or whatever with age I realise it is not worth the time, money and effort.

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      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Hi Ethel, I think we urgently need to address in the UK why so many young people are turning to drugs in the first place. What is missing in these young people's lives that they feel they need to fill a hole in themselves. Unfortunately, if they feel that there is something missing in their lives they will find some substance to take themselves out of it. Excellent hub.

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      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Wow. If only kids put the same effort into their futures as they did about finding substances to get them high!

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      Loveofnight Anderson 

      10 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      it's sad that kids feel the need to do this to their bodies for whatever the reason. removing the poison will not solve the problem, they'll only find something else to use. i don't believe that there are any easy fixes to the problem short of educating our kids. today's kids are using cough syrup as well as their parents or grand parents medicines for the sake of getting high. i only wish that i had the answer to the problem.

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      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      If it's there in the UK - it will be here in the US shortly - if it is not already here. I pretty much feel most pharmaceuticals are just too toxic for use anyway - we can all live much healthier lives without them. Of course getting high on drugs is a whole separate issue - but really, who needs such a drug - for what healthy benefit.

      Get rid of all of it!

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      I read this report in the paper as well and it is shocking. Where is the answer to all these drug problems? Thank you, ethel, to high-light the danger. Another point which makes me angry is that they are so healthy and they that sort of thing. Other youngster are ill and have to fight for every movement plus their family. It is such a crime against nature having good health.


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