Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New "Internet Drug" Mephedrone Hitting the Schools & Streets

Colleagues and I have seen the emergence of a newer drug that is really making an impact on youth and the school system.

Its called Mephedrone, street name is UK2, meph, 4-MMC, MCAT, Drone, Meow or Bubbles. A stimulant closely related to
amphetamines and has an effect similar to ecstasy.

Bottom line is its new, cheap and available on the internet
(substance has been legal in the US & UK). A dose costs about $4.50.

Because its new on the scene folks have had a difficult time recognizing what it is and what kind of damage it can do. Its going throughout the schools and club scene, most commonly found as a white powder in
glass vials.

Long term results are not in yet as to how toxic this drug is but the
anecdotal evidence is that it is quite addictive. It can create some
intense side effects for new time users (vomiting) and is especially
popular with kids who are shy and introverted.

Users describe the drug's high as falling somewhere between that of ecstasy and cocaine. The drug is sold legally in the U.K. as a plant food; it is a powder that can be taken in pill form, snorted, mixed with liquid or even injected.

Side effects include headaches, heart palpitations, and nausea.

I've worked with a number of parents who've taken their kids to emergency because of this stuff in just the last week.

There have been reports where some teenagers have experienced seizures, stopped breathing and even falling into coma.

Best regards, Paul Radkowski