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A powerful stimulant that’s often compared to drugs like cocaine and ecstasy

Also called:

  • 4-MMC

  • Bounce

  • Bubble

  • Charge

  • Drone

  • M-CAT

  • M-Smack

  • MC

  • Meow Meow

  • Meph

  • Miow

  • White Magic

What does it look like?

  • A very fine white powder

  • A very fine off-white or yellowish powder

Mephedrone was first sold over the internet as an alternative to drugs like speed, ecstasy and cocaine. Dealers sold the drug as ‘plant food’ or ‘bath salts’ and labelled it ‘not for human consumption’ to get around the law. What does it taste/smell like? People have compared the smell to cat pee and exhaust fumes, and say that it tastes foul and metallic.

How do people take it? By snorting it Snorting is the most common way of taking mephedrone. By swallowing it in ‘bombs’ Some people wrap the powder in a cigarette paper and swallow it (known as ‘bombing’). By taking capsules and pills It can also be found in capsules and tablets, but this is much less common. By injecting it Injecting mephedrone, as with other stimulants, is very risky because of the fast-acting, intensity of the hit. Users often feel the need to redoes too, which can result in serious injecting-related injuries as well as overdose.

Physical health risks

Taking mephedrone involves risks – and the dangers and long-term effects are becoming clearer as more reports emerge. Here’s what we know:

  • There are several deaths a year in the UK from people taking mephedrone.

  • Some users have reported blue or cold fingers – probably because mephedrone affects the heart and the circulation.

  • There have been reports of people being hospitalised due to the short-term effects of mephedrone.

  • Some users have had severe nosebleeds after snorting mephedrone.

  • It risks overstimulating and damaging your heart and your circulation.

  • It risks overstimulating your nervous system, which may cause hallucinations, feelings of agitation and even fits.

  • Overheating has been a significant cause of deaths when other amphetamine-type drugs, such as ecstasy, have been used along with mephedrone.

  • Injecting mephedrone is particularly dangerous for several reasons, including the fact that it's easier to overdose from injecting.

Mental health risks

Mephedrone can lead to:

  • insomnia

  • loss of short-term memory

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