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Mephedrone has come to prominence in the last five or so years and many parents and families are concerned about it. It is a stimulant with similar effects to ecstasy or cocaine in that it makes people feel energetic and confident. Sustained use can lead to circulation problems, nose bleeds, overheating and dangerously elevated heart rate. Mephedrone has been implicated in a number of deaths, often in combination with other drugs.

What else is it called?

Meow meow, m-cat, drone, bubble

What does it look like?

A white powder

What is its legal status?

Class B. It and other cathinone analogues were made illegal in 2010.

How much does it cost?

When mephedrone was legal, it cost around £10-15 per gram. Anecdotal evidence suggests it is now more like £30.

What equipment do people use to take it?

It can be snorted using banknotes/rolled up paper, or ‘bombed’ by rolling it up in cigarette papers and swallowing it.

What about dependence/addiction?

Little is known at this stage, despite some sensationalist media reporting. It is likely that its low cost and easy availability allowed people to use large amounts frequently, but we do not know how this will change now it is controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act. More recently there has been a rise in heroin users injecting it.