Other names for mephedrone
Cathinones, Meow Meow, Meph, MCAT, 4MMC, M-Cat, MC. Mephedrone is different to methedone which is used to treat heroine addiction.
What mephedrone looks like and how it's taken
A white or off-white powder that can be snorted or smoked. It can also come in the form of pills or capsules.
The effects of mephedrone
It causes euphoria, alertness and makes the user talkative.
The health risks of mephedrone
It can cause nosebleeds, headaches, palpitations and paranoia. It was linked to the death of a woman in Sweden in 2008 and has recently be rumoured to have caused several deaths in the UK - but it hasn't been scientifically proven that these deaths were caused by mephedrone.
Legal status of mephedrone
In April 2010 the government made mephadrone an illegal Class B drug
. You can now get a 5 year prison sentence if you're found in possession of mephedrone. Before then it was possible to buy it as plant food or as a research chemical.