Also known as
M-Cat, Meow Meow, Drone, Bubble, Bounce, Meph, Charge, Rush.
- Mephedrone is a strong stimulant, and generally an amphetamine- like substance with similar effects to speed and ecstasy.
- The reported desired effects include euphoria, increased concentration, increased energy and feelings of affection towards other people around you.
- Unwanted effects may include feelings of paranoia and anxiety, vomiting, grinding of teeth, insomnia, heart palpitations and altered conscious levels.
Mephedrone can be found as a fine white, off-white powder with a light yellow hue.
Method of use
- Mephedrone is usually snorted or wrapped in paper and swallowed, (known as ‘bombing’). Some people smoke it.
- It can also be swallowed as a capsule or pill, and less frequently mephedrone is injected.
- As mephedrone is a relatively new drug, not much evidence has yet emerged regarding the long term effects this substance may have.
- You increase the risks to yourself if you combine alcohol with mephedrone or another substance that causes a high.
- Some people have reported low mood, depression and irritability following use, especially extended periods of use.
- Some users have reported sharp chest pains, palpitations and irregular heart beats. There have been fatalities.
- Sharing injecting or snorting equipment risks infection with Hepatitis C and B viruses, as well as HIV.
- Snorting mephedrone can cause nasal damage.
- Injecting is particularly dangerous as it is much easier to overdose.
- If you choose to use mephedrone, then use it in a safe environment and in the company of someone you trust. Ideally, this person will not have used the substance themselves and will be in a position to get help if things go wrong.
- Take small amounts first to test strength and effects; start low and go slow.
- Mephedrone can be habit forming and tolerance can build up. Don’t use too frequently and take regular breaks.
- The use of mephedrone with alcohol or other substances should be avoided.
- Avoid using if you have a history of depression, heart problems or circulatory problems.
- Seek medical advice if you experience chest pains, prolonged numbness of extremities or discolouration of skin.
- Do not share injecting or snorting equipment. If you choose to inject then either get safer injecting advice from us, your local drug agency or nearest needle exchange.
- If snorting, alternate nostrils and clean your nostrils with warm water to minimise damage.
- Mephedrone is controlled as a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
- Possession of mephedrone could result in prison sentence of up to five years and/or an unlimited fine.
- Supplying mephedrone to someone else could result in a prison sentence up to 14 years and/or an unlimited fine.