Yet again, youngsters who have experimented with drink and drugs have died. In this case the drugs are both legal in the UK, (with some restrictions). How many people have to die or be affected to some degree by Methedrone, before a serious educational awareness campaign begins and sensible and balanced controls are placed upon mephedrone.

Not being naive, I am clear that the two suggested deterrents will not be a perfect answer. Something though, does need to be done. Four countries have already banned Mephedrone; Sweden, Norway, Israel and Denmark.

In Scotland there is a move to place pricing controls on alcohol and it shows every likelihood of coming into force. It will penalise responsible drinkers, it remains to be seen though, if the pricing policy will have a true medium or long term affect on those people who abuse alcohol, and an affect on future generations. There has been a similar approach to tobacco. It did appear to have an affect on the figures for a while, (I don’t have the figures) some people reduced their smoking or stopped. It has been noted though, according to radio news reports, that there is currently an increase in smoking.

With a Government election pending, this is, sadly and ridiculously, not a good time to make firm decisions around the serious problems that are highlighted with Mephedrone. The nature of our adversarial politics, the political games and point-scoring, will ensure a moratorium on a number of current social concerns.



  1. I hadn’t heard of this stuff until the recent news about the boys who died, the focus seems to be on the fact that it is not an illegal substance and perhaps ought to be.
    It is always sad to hear about the loss of young lives, but in my opinion, the tragedy would not have been prevented by the stuff being illegal just as youngsters have died from using ecstasy in the past it is naivety and lack of knowledge (of the potential harm) that needs addressing.
    I think your point about political timing of decisions around the issue is a good one.

  2. Hello Marika,

    Thank you for your comment. An awareness/educational campaign is essential. When the Betts’ suffered the death of their daughter on her birthday, she’d taken ecstasy, her dad toured nationwide to educate all age groups about ecstasy. I attended one of his talks. It was powerful. The problem is, that these educational tours, awareness campaigns, have to be undertaken regularly to maintain awareness at a highly conscious level, of the ‘established’ drugs and the newer ones on the block. This education won’t reach everyone, others will choose to ignore guidance.

    I was appalled to hear squabbling between parliamentarians this lunchtime on BBC Radio news, on the subject of mephodrone, worse than anything I could have heard in a kids playground, or amongst siblings. It bears out my fears about anything sensible coming to the fore at this time in our political calendar.

  3. I cannot understand how this drug was legalised it is lethal and how many more kids will lose their lives over it surely it should be a banned substance ..

  4. There should be more awareness of what is happening with mephedrone, then a considered judgement made about how to face up to reality of what it all means. If, has been said, the drugs committee has already been looking at the issues, then it should not be too much longer for something to happen. (Says, she living in hope!)

    It bothers me that it takes a crisis or a polemic (whether genuine or manipulated)to get knowledge out into the public domain. This substance is far too easily and quickly obtained. Sources and type of supply need to be factored into the equation. Another difficulty arises when something is banned then its constituents change sufficiently for it to become something ‘new’. It’s a ghastly roller coaster, like all these toxic matters are.

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