Mephedrone is a legal drug available to buy freely on the internet (except Sweden and Israel). You can read about it
In the UK, 'legal highs' are becoming more and more popular as recreational drug users turn away from over-priced and low-quality illegal substances
and head towards cheaper, high-quality alternatives. However, a lack of official studies on these legal alternatives and also a lack of recommended
dosage information raises questions about how safe these legal alternatives are.
Being legal doesn't necessarily make them safer.
This month a bill will reach UK parliament which looks to ban certain substances which are currently legal in the UK. This will include
(herbal ecstacy), GBL
sorry, but if you're gonna drink paint stripper than you deserve to die!) and the synthetic cannaboid found in the legal smoke
Mephedrone, and other methylcathinones such as Methylone, have so far escaped all media attention or mention in the upcoming bill until this week when
this story suddenly cropped up:
Girl, 14, who died at house party
may have taken drug sold on internet for £4 a gram
Now, for starters, if anyone can find this anywhere for £4 a gram, please let me know immediately
The actual going rate is £15 a gram.
Point 2 is that the girl was also taking Ketamine, which can cause heart attacks. She died of a heart attack but obviously it must've been this new
thing no one's heard of rather than that other thing that causes heart attacks!
The Metro goes one step further with this headline on the front page:
Girl, 14, killed by legal web drug meow meow
I've written to the Metro to ask them how they got a hold of the toxicology report before it has even been done, but i'm yet to get a response.
Then we've got this lovely headline:
Police warn over mephedrone
dangers after user 'ripped off scrotum'
So is this the end of people in the UK getting access to high-quality legal highs? Are they to be forced to pay high prices for low quality goods that
only go towards funding criminals and are cut with other dangerous chemicals?
We all know that making drugs illegal doesn't stop people taking them. It just makes them take drugs off the wrong people.
I say don't ban it and do properly test and label it!
Even taking paracetamol can cause death if mis-used. I don't see them banning that. I do see them putting plenty of warnings on the packaging.
I'll be watching the upcoming bill closely to see how this pans out.