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McElrath, Karen and O'Neill, Christina (2011) Experiences with mephedrone pre-and-post legislative controls: perceptions of safety and sources of supply. International Journal of Drug Policy , 22 , (2) , pp. 120-127.

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Drug scenes within several countries have changed in recent years to incorporate a range of licit psychoactive products, collectively known as “legal highs.” Hundreds of different legal high products have been described in the literature. Many of these products contain synthetic stimulants that allegedly “mirror” the effects of some illicit drugs. In 2009–2010, growing concern by the UK and Irish governments focused on mephedrone, a synthetic stimulant that had become embedded within several drug scenes in Britain and Ireland.

In April 2010, mephedrone and related cathinone derivatives were banned under the UK’s Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Setting aside “worse case scenarios” that have been portrayed by UK and Irish media, little is known about mephedrone use from the consumer’s perspective. The purpose of this paper was to (1) explore respondents’ experiences with mephedrone, (2) examine users’ perceptions about the safety of mephedrone, and primarily to (3) examine sources of mephedrone supply during the pre- and post-ban periods.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2011
Page Range:pp. 120-127
Publisher:Elsevier
Volume:22
Number:2
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context > Context encouraging substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland
B Substances > CNS stimulants > Synthetic cathinones > Mephedrone
L Social psychology and related concepts > Legal availability or accessibility
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances

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