Mephedrone is a powerful stimulant and is part of the cathinone family.
Mephedrone can be found as a fine white, off-white or a yellowish powder.
It was originally sold over the internet as a ‘legal’ alternative to drugs like speed, ecstasy and cocaine.
To get around the law, dealers said that the mephedrone they were selling was plant food or a bath salt and not for human consumption.
On average a gram of mephedrone costs between £20 and £30.
method of use
Mephedrone is usually snorted like cocaine or is wrapped in paper and swallowed (‘bombed’ is a slang name used for this). It can also be found as capsules and pills and can be smoked. In rare cases mephedrone has been injected.
The effects of mephedrone last for about an hour, but this can vary.
It can make you feel alert, confident, talkative and euphoric – and some people will temporarily feel strong affection to those around them.
It can reduce your appetite, so you don’t feel hungry.
Users have reported blue or cold fingers – this is probably because mephedrone effects the heart and the circulation.
Some users have also had severe nosebleeds after snorting mephedrone.
Overheating has been a significant cause of deaths when other amphetamine-type drugs, such as ecstasy, have been used at the same time as mephedrone.
Mephedrone can make users feel sick, paranoid and anxious, and it can cause vomiting and headaches.
It risks overstimulating and damaging your heart and your circulation.
It also risks overstimulating your nervous system, which may cause hallucinations, feelings of agitation and even fits.
Other effects that people have reported include heart palpitations, insomnia, loss of short-term memory, vertigo (a form of dizziness), grinding of teeth, sweating and uncomfortable changes in body temperature.
Mephedrone use can lead to a strong psychological dependence on the drug, and can lead to the user craving – and taking – increasing amounts.
This kind of behaviour increases all of the above risks to your health. Some users say that once they have started a mephedrone session, they find it very difficult to stop until they’ve used their entire supply - this is sometimes called ‘fiending’.
Mephedrone is a Class B drug – so it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.