Are you worried that you or someone close to you is addicted to mephedrone? Help is at hand. Here we tell you a little about steroid addiction, what to look out for and how we can get you or a loved one the best possible treatment.

What is mephedrone addiction?

Mephedrone, or meow meow as it is commonly known, is a relatively new drug that only became controlled as a Class B drug in April 2010. Prior to this, mephedrone was considered a “legal high”. However, meow meow, is still readily available over the Internet where it is sold in the guise of plant fertiliser.  Mephedrone is a stimulant drug (4‐Methylmethcathinone)from a family of drugs that are “cousins” of amphetamines. It usually comes in a powder form that can be snorted or swallowed in bombs of paper. It is also available as a capsule or pill. On the street, mephedrone is also known as Miaow, Drone, Bubbles, 4-MMC and MCAT.

Mephedrone is increasingly becoming the drug of choice for clubbers as its effects are a mix of those obtained from amphetamines, cocaine and ecstasy. Users feel euphoric, alert, talkative and confident. The effects of meow meow last about an hour which means that users are likely to re-dose. It is not yet known whether mephedrone is physically addictive but reports suggest that it is compulsive to use and a psychological dependence can develop.

Signs, symptoms and risks of mephedrone addiction

Mephedrone users may experience excessive sweating, headaches, insomnia, grinding of teeth and nausea. They may find their fingers turning blue or cold, as meow meow can over-stimulate the heart and effect circulation. Mephedrone can also over-stimulate the nervous system, resulting in fits, agitation and hallucinations. Heavy users may start to feel anxious and paranoid. There is increasing evidence to show that meow meow has been the cause of some deaths in the UK.

Treatment for mephedrone addiction

As a relatively new drug, not much is known about the dangers of sudden withdrawal from meow meow. However, as with most drugs, detox from mephedrone is best carried out in a medically monitored environment. A period of rehabilitative care is recommended to address the nature of the addiction, the reasons behind it, and to equip the addict with the tools required to live a life free of mephedrone.