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Scientific Names: (RS)-2-methylamino-1-(4-methylphenyl)propan-1-one Also known as: 4 methylmethcathinone, 4-MMC
Generic Names: Enwau Generig: Mephedrone. Not to be confused with 'Methedrone' (4-methoxymethcathinone) or 'Methylone' (bk-MDMA), or Methadone' (a synthetic opioid).
Desired Effects:Users often compare the effects similar to ecstasy, cocaine or amphetamines (speed). Excitement, euphoria, alertness, and talkative. One of the main features of mephedrone is the strong compulsion to re-dose.
Side Effects:Feeling sick, paranoid and anxious. Palpitations, dizzines, vertigo, pain & swelling in the nose & throat. Rashes, uncomfortable changes in body temperature, abnormal body odour, teeth grinding, muscle twitching. Sleep deprivation, poor concentration, short term memory loss, blood circulation problems. Tolerance builds up quickly so the desire to take more & more increases. After effects such as insomnia may last for several hours or days.
Long term risks:Almost nothing is known about the long term effects of the drug due to the short history of its use. However, there has been reports of vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels) with repeated dosing, including moderate to severe symptoms of tingling and numbness in the arms, hands, legs & feet with a possible risk of damage to the heart. Headaches, light-headedness and unusual skin discoloration. Damage to the inside of the nose if snorted; and risks to mental health such as depression, suicidal thoughts and psychosis. There have been a number of deaths in the UK attributed to mephedrone. Mixing drugs like mephedrone & ketamine or mephedrone with amphetamine increases the risks.
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Parents & other relatives
Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.