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Mephedrone

Methrodone addiction

Mephedrone is a seriously popular club drug. Here’s why.

An initially legal substance:

Until late in the 2000’s mephedrone’s status was legal in many countries and soared in popularity on the club scene.

Nicknames such as Meow-Meow, Bubble or Kat are common. Packaging of the substance came in a variety of ways with names such as “plant feeder” or “bath salts” and labelled “not for human consumption”. This was to get around government’s food laws.

The banning of the substance merely sent production underground. It also encouraged mixologists to include mephedrone in a whole variety of “new designer drugs” that are now available on the street.

How does it work?

Experts describe mephedrone as being an amphetamine-type stimulant. It works by releasing dopamine and noradrenaline into the brain. It is believed to release serotonin.

All of which results in a hugely increased feel-good factor because this combined release positively affects the brain’s reward centre.

Positive effects:

Users report the drug gives similar effects to that received from the use of cocaine and ecstasy. Here are 10 reported positives:

  • Mild euphoria that gradually increases the more it is taken
  • Greater sense of alertness
  • Self-confidence
  • BIG Love to all those a user is socialising with
  • Lucidity
  • An often-unstoppable urge to talk
  • Feelings of excitement
  • Relaxed, positive state of mind
  • Feeling at ease with the world
  • Increased sexual thoughts and desire

Negative effects:

All drug users know only too well that where there is a high a low is sure to follow. Here are 10 negatives with the last one affording its own section of importance:

  • Palpitations
  • Blurred vision
  • Hot sweats, cold shivers
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Reduced memory span or forgotten segments of the session
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Depression that can vary from mild to severe

Mephedrone is a vasoconstrictor:

The 10th negative is extremely important for users to understand. Mephedrone is a vasoconstrictor. This means that when taken it narrows veins and reduces blood flow.

Users have repeatedly reported that while on the drug they feel pains and/or tight sensations in their chest. Others report similar pains in their arms or legs. It would appear that this dangerous reaction is down to the decrease in blood flow caused by mephedrone use.

As most users of the drug are in their late teens to late 20’s such pains, particularly in the chest should surely ring alarm bells. This period of one’s life should be when you are in prime condition and certainly not suffering from symptoms related to cardiovascular problems such as strokes and heart attacks.

Long-term effects:

Far more research is required to establish the long-term effects of this substance. Only when this is achieved can conclusive information and advice be given.

This lack of reliable or credible information would strongly suggest that it is yet another reason to reconsider experimentation or for those who use repeatedly to think again.

If the long-term effects are unknown, yet the short-term risks clearly show vasoconstriction issues at an early age, then it would seem sensible to leave this substance well alone.

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