Mephedrone: lethal scourge of young adults or just a ‘legal high’?
The drug Mephedrone also known as 4-MMC is legal in the UK and readily obtainable on the Internet. Picture: Rex Features
The customer: John Starks
The first time I encountered mephedrone, meow meow, plant food or whatever you would like to call it, was regarding a year ago at a friend’s house within south London. We were back from a evening out at the student union and everything wanting to keep on the party when our friend’s flatmate, Brandon, got back from work in addition to, with a sly smile, disappeared into his bed room, to return with a new huge box. He left the biggest pile regarding powder I had ever seen on the desk. “This, my friends, is mephedrone, ” he said together with relish. “And this will be the future. “
Just like many students, I’ve never ever been one to point out no to a new experience. We all end upward running into drugs in some point, so I decided to see what each of the fuss was about. I have always enjoyed a spliff and, on occasion, a little more, so I assumed this was simply another casual substance I actually would be bumping in to.
Nicknamed by users as “poor man’s cocaine”, mephedrone has swept through our own nation’s youth like a strong dose of salts, permeating every aspect associated with the party and night club scene. Within just six months, it has appear from obscurity; everyone understands someone who’s onto it. Paradoxically, it was given a chance to become popular because associated with an EU restriction that prevented the importation associated with two substances necessary in order to the production of ECSTASY (ecstasy to the layman) that made it impossible in order to make or purchase any MDMA in Britain through late 2008. Mephedrone filled the gap in the market, plus at half the cost of MDMA; it had been everywhere.
You can snort it, drop it inside “bombs” (rolling papers filled up with it), and I’ve actually come across people that eat it. The result is euphoric, relatively similar to ecstasy but much shorter-lived; you need to be able to take a lot a lot more from it a lot even more often. The first moment I took it, I could feel my coronary heart pounding; everything seemed as if it was about to explode into life and I was up till the first hours in a outrageous rampage of excitement. Yet there any comparison finishes. With mephedrone, the romance period is very short: right after taking it really a couple of times, your patience increases dramatically, to the particular point that you’re doing three or four periods more than you were within the beginning to get high. Your appetite with regard to the stuff also raises.
Brandon was well in advance of the curve. He or she was importing it coming from China at about a new £1 a gram and selling it to students at £15. By mid-October, when our student loan products had still failed to appear and finance has been getting tight, we hit on the concept of carrying out the same. We could simply make a trip down to a seedy office in Victoria wherever we could buy this in bulk at low cost price and then offer it on to our friends at a profit. Doing this you can turn £100 into £400 in the weekend and have a bit left on the side for yourself.
It has become a new crash course in drug dealing for beginners, plus we weren’t the only ones at it. Lots of students had discovered the gap in the market. You couldn’t arranged foot in a golf club or house-party without someone walking past offering an individual “drone”.