Mephedrone not responsible for two deaths in Britain

May 29, 2010, 11:29 am

In April,the Labour government banned  mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) in part because the deaths of two British teenagers were associated with the drug. Yesterday, The Guardian (U.K.) reported on the results of post-mortem toxicology tests: no mephedrone was found in the teens’ bodies. The paper interviewed Professor Roumen Sedefov from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, who stated he was aware of only one death clearly linked to mephedrone — that of a woman in Sweden. It is not clear from the story whether methadone was also involved in that death.

The New Scientist also reports on this story, and provides a link to a compilation of mephedrone myths, including one headlined “Legal drug teen ripped his scrotum off“.

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