Between 2009-2011 extreme stories about Mephadrone were hitting the headlines everywhere. Although Mephadrone has been associated with some deaths in the UK, in Australia the hype around Mephedrone hasn’t necessarily matched the reality.

WHAT

Mephadrone (4-methylmethcathinone) is a stimulant-type drug. It is often described as a “new and emerging” or Novel Psychoactive Substance 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”.

It got the nickname meow-meow because it is chemically similar to the cathinone found in the Khat plant. 

OTHER NAMES

Meph, meow- meow, 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 it seems users now prefer other stimulant-type drugs with less negative effects. Recent reports from AOD services of young people using “Bath salts” may point to continued use.

APPEARANCE

Usually comes as a white or yellowish powder, crystals or capsules. Often bought online as “plant fertilizer in small bags labelled as “not for human consumption”.

USE

Usually swallowed (diluted with water) sniffed or snorted

EFFECTS

Similar to other stimulants-Energy, alertness, euphoria, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure.

OVERDOSE

Difficulty breathing, fever-like symptoms, dizziness and psychosis.

Always call an ambulance if overdose is suspected.

SOME COMMON HARM REDUCTION STRATEGIES

Encourage a young person to: - 

  • Plan for the comedown – Let them know what to expect mentally and physically
  • have a break from using from use.
  • understand the risks involved in mixing other drugs and alcohol, including prescription medication.
  • informed about what they are using. Use websites like pillreports and erwoid to research what you are planning on taking.
  • See more Universal Harm Reduction Strategies

Try the EMCDDA's technical report for more info on Mephadrone or ask YoDDA.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Mephadrone use has been more popular and widespread in the UK and Europe. Try the European Monitoring Centre for drugs and addictions comprehensive technical report for more info on Mephadrone  or ask YoDAA.