Mephedrone armistice in North Yorkshire
5:50am 16th April 2010
(Updated 1:44pm 16th April 2010)
Clocks ticking to get rid of the legal high mephedrone as it is illegal from today
Its been re-classed as a class B drug, it is now illegal to possess, supply, produce, import or export the drug. If you're caught with it you're looking at up to 5 years in jail. The government has already banned Mephedrone, which is also known as Meow Meow, MCAT or bubbles, from being imported into the UK.
As a result of the expected new legislation, police in North Yorkshire are urging anyone in possession of Mephedrone to hand it in to their local police station before midnight tonight without fear of prosecution.
Detective Inspector Matt Walker, of North Yorkshire Police’s Organised Crime Unit, said: “I am encouraging anyone who is in possession of Mephedrone to hand it in to the police as soon as possible, and in any event, before midnight on Friday 16 April 2010, otherwise they expose themselves to the risk of prosecution.
“People will not be required to give their name, as at this time they are not in possession of an illegal substance.
“If individuals who possess the drug are not comfortable with taking it to their local police station then please dispose of it responsibly.
Dangers of the drug:
Mephedrone has been marketed in a number of ways to disguise its true potential as a drug. It has been linked to a number of deaths throughout the country including Lois Waters from Norton. She died last month after taking the party drug. We still don't know if it was responsible for her death but she had taken it in the 48 hours before she died.
The dangers of taking the substance increase if combined with alcohol or other drugs and also carries the risk of unpleasant after-effects such as: anxiety and paranoia, over-stimulation of the heart, nosebleeds, seizures and even death.
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