Mephadrone-Fast facts for workers
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Usually swallowed (diluted with water) sniffed or snorted
Similar to other stimulants-Energy, alertness, euphoria, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure.
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.