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Mephedrone ban comes into force in UK


A ban on synthetic stimulant mephedrone has come into force across the UK.

The party drug will be classified as a Class B substance with effect from April 16, following the completion of the formal parliamentary process.

From that date onwards anyone found in possession of mephedrone could face five years in prison. Dealing the drug will carry a maximum sentence of 14 years.

The move to ban mephedrone, which can be purchased online as plant food, comes despite the resignation of two Government drugs advisers over the issue.

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Earlier in April, Eric Carlin followed Dr Polly Taylor in standing down from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

In a letter of resignation, Mr Carlin said the decision to ban the drug was made despite there being “little or no discussion about how our recommendation to classify this drug would be likely to impact on young people’s behaviour.”

He continued: “Our decision was unduly based on media and political pressure.”

Calls for mephedrone to be made illegal came as a series of reports linked it to deaths across England and Scotland.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Michael Sandiford

    Hmmm! Me thinks the government were responding to media pressure/public reaction in the run up to the general election!
    Several of the deaths were suspected to be linked to the use of mephedrone, but it was not actually confirmed. I guess swine flu never really took off, so the media needed something else to scare the public with!

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  • The sad truth is whether a drug is legal or illegal people will be offered it, some will refuse, some will try it and some will become addicted to it. Therefore the problem is how do you get people not to try/take drugs. Is there someone out there who has the answer.

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  • Phil Dup

    Its absolutely amazing how fast our sleazy expense account leeching MP's can bring in a quick new law to pander to the totally irrational non - scientific media frenzy we got after a few deaths where Mephedrone 'may' have been implicated.
    What a pity they cant bring in quick new laws for legal minimum Nurse / Patient staffing ratios.
    Or, even better - automatic sacking , imprisonment and full financial payback for all politicians who have had 'misunderstandings' in their expense claims.

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  • Drugs are bad, Mmokay?

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