More on Mephedrone (Meow-Meow)

March 21, 2010, 3:57 pm

The Guardian (U.K.) today has a piece “In Focus: Mephedrone” in which they talk to four people: a user, a mother, a dealer, and a doctor.  Unfortunately, despite its title, the piece is so unfocused that I really didn’t learn anything from it. Who exactly are these people.  Is “Jack Starks” — the user — his real name?  Is the “mother”  a mother of an actual user (for some reason this isn’t clear in the piece). How can we be sure that the drug each of these interviewees are talking about is actually mephedrone?

For that it’s worth, the common theme in these accounts is that mephedrone initially produces an intense high but that tolerance and addiction develop quite quickly, requiring use of rapidly increasing doses. Users soon become irritable, paranoid, and dysphoric.

As we pointed out in a previous post, there is virtually no scientific literature describing the effects or toxicology of mephedrone.  It is still not illegal in many venues, and may be sold over the internet as “plant food” and labelled “not for human consumption”.

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