|Positive Police Action Targeting Mephedrone Dealers|
|Lifestyle - Wellbeing|
|Wednesday, 22 August 2012 09:18|
Positive Police Action Targeting Mephedrone Dealers
Offences involving the use or possession of mephedrone – commonly known as meow meow – have risen by over 400 per cent in Carmarthenshire over the past year.
As a result of this Police in the county have executed a number of warrants.
Figures for April 2010 to March 2011 showed a total of 21 offences across the country.
For the same period this year, 106 offences were committed, showing an increase of 404%, a total of 85 more offences across the county.
“Mephedrone is a Class B drug,” said Inspector Eric Evans. “Over the coming months we are planning a series of enforcement activities, and the recent warrants across the county are just the start.
People are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the tell tale signs of using this substance
Mephedrone is a stimulant type drug; users feel euphoric, very alert and talkative. However, some users feel anxious and paranoid. The long term side effects are still largely unknown, but the drug is very addictive.
Some signs to look out for after use, known as the ‘come down’ are that users can become very emotional and some can be quite aggressive. The drug also suppresses the appetite and need for sleep and users can quickly suffer from sleep deprivation and lack of nourishment.
Users will also develop a unique odour, similar to stale cat urine. They will be unable to smell it on themselves, but through perspiration it will be smelt on skin, clothes and hair.
Insp Eric Evans added “Apart from the health dangers, there is the criminal aspect to consider. Being caught in possession of meow meow could mean up to a five year jail sentence. A conviction for a drugs offence can also prevent you travelling to foreign countries and restrict the kind of jobs you can apply for”
If you have concerns about a friend or family member, support is available confidentially at Turning Point (Catalyst) on 01554 744377 and Chooselife on 01554 771122. For under 18’s contact SUDDS on 01554 749434.
If you require further information about any other drug including Mephedrone, call dan 24/7 on 0808 808 2234 or visit www.dan24/7.org.uk
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 12:15|