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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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2010.11.001.

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
Publication Type
Irish-related, Article
Drug Type
CNS stimulants
Date
2011
Identification #
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2010.11.001
Page Range
pp. 120-127
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
22
Number
2
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Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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