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Mephedrone to be banned

Mephedrone was banned this week (16 April 2010) following recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

Currently sold as a plant food alongside others in the cathinone group, mephedrone will be classified as a Class B drug.

Speaking in the House of Commons this week (7 April 2010) Home Office minister Alan Campbell said: “These controls also look to deal with future trends to stop unscrupulous illicit manufacturers working for organised criminals who seek to tweak substances to circumvent our laws.”

Following media reports that anyone who has used mephedrone should seek medical attention, the Department of Health advises that only those with acute toxic effects should be referred to an accident and emergency department. Less severe or less acute physical or psychological problems should be assessed and managed symptomatically as for any other users of psychoactive drugs, the DoH adds.



Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11006477

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