ALICANTE – THE first police seizure of a synthetic recreational drug only declared illegal in
As of December 8, any Mephedrone importer could end up being considered a drug trafficker, so the cache was seized, according to Customs. Mephedrone was first synthesised in 1929, but only rediscovered in 2003.
By 2007 it was available for sale on the internet, but over the course of 2010 it was made illegal in many EU countries and by the end of the year in all 27 EU states.
Prior to the EU’s December ruling it was still legal in 12 of them, including
Mephedrone – also known as miau-miau – acts in a similar way to amphetamines, according to psychiatrists writing in the British Medical Journal. It is considered to be halfway between cocaine and ecstasy.
It gives the user increased levels of alertness, euphoria, excitement, energy and a higher appreciation for music; hence its popularity in the club scene. Side effects include excessive sweating, dehydration, increased heart rate or insomnia, teeth-grinding, anxiety, and dilated pupils.
Between 2008 and 2010 there were reported fatalities from the use of this drug in
It had become very popular last summer in
By Nicole Hallett