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Mephedrone use 'more widespread' on Isle of Man

Mephedrone
Mephedrone has been legal and widely available

More people are using the illegal drug mephedrone in the Isle of Man despite it being banned, according to an MHK.

The drug, which had been known as a legal high, was made illegal on the island last week under an amendment to the Medicines Act 2003.

North Douglas MHK John Houghton says further legislation is required to make new incarnations of the drug illegal.

"They [drug producers] are slightly changing the drugs so they can continue to call them legal highs," he said.

"But with our enabling legislation that I am awaiting to come through the House of Keys, that will be able to keep a pace with this because then the new drug, the new concoction as it were, that will be able to be made illegal."

Mephedrone, also known miaow miaow, has been associated with a number of deaths in England and Scotland.

It is legal in the UK and often marketed online as a plant food.

Isle of Man Police Det Insp Terry Stephen has described it as one of the most dangerous drugs in circulation.



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