Mephadrone-Fast facts for schools
Mephadrone has effects similar to other stimulants like methamphetamine. A student who has used may have more energy, be alert, but might also act erratically
Mephadrone (4-methylmethcathinone) is a stimulant-type drug. It is often described as a “new and emerging” or “synthetic" drug. It was originally sold as an alternative to drugs like speed, ecstasy and cocaine. It is often marketed as a plant fertilizer or a “research chemical”.
Meph, meow, miaow-miaow, m-cat, plant food, drone, bubbles, kitty cat, Bath salts, 4-MMC.
HOW COMMON IS USE?
Reliable data on rates of use are not yet available. After a peak in reported use in 2011 there now seems a lot less use of Mephadrone. Recent reports from AOD services of young people using “Bath salts” may mean some young people are using mephadrone.
HOW CAN I TELL IF SOMEONE IS USING OR DEALING IAT MY SCHOOL?
Meph usually comes as a white or yellowish powder, crystals or capsules. Its often bought online as “plant fertilizer" in small bags labelled as “not for human consumption” so anything like this could be a sign of mephadrone use.
HOW CAN I TELL IF A YOUNG PERSON IS USING?
Mephadrone has effects similar to other stimulants like methamphetamine. A student who has used may have more -energy, be alert but might also act erratically. An inexperienced user or a student who has used too much may experience anxiety, dizziness or even psychosis.
Always call an ambulance if overdose is suspected.
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CLASSROOM
The implications for the classroom are similar to that of other stimulants. Although theoretically a small amount of some stimulants may increase attention and alertness, it is unlikely a student using mephadrone would be using in this way. It is more likely that the comedown, in the days after use may be more of a concern. Low mood and difficulty concentrating or remaining attentive could be expected for several days after using mephadrone.
Didn’t find what you are looking for? We’ve just given you the most relevant fast facts for school teachers. For a more comprehensive guide we recommend the ADF’s info.