Mephedrone, sometimes referred to as miaow-miaow was banned in the UK on Friday, April 16th. The substance which gave users highs lasting for around an hour had been linked to the deaths of users both in the UK and abroad.
It is now a criminal offence to possess Mephedrone in the UK and anyone caught carrying the substance could face a maximum jail term of five years and those found supplying the drug face up to 14 years in prison. Shops and internet sites that previously stocked “miaow” were last week taking it off sale and destroying their supplies ahead of the ban coming into force.
Sub Coca Dragon
According to The Times newspaper, Sub Coca Dragon (SCD) is being offered in outlets that previously sold Mephedrone as an alternative to the banned substance. SCD is not a widely known drug within the UK and is so new that it isn’t listed on the drug information site, FRANK.
SCD is said to give similar affects to cocaine as it hails from the same sub coca plant family. The Times newspaper found shops in the Manchester area of England selling SCD for £20 a gram.
SCD is sold in powder and tablet form. Like Mephedrone, the currently legal substance is sold as a plant food although there is doubt as to whether or not the chemical provides and nutrition for plants; there are even suggestions that it could harm plants.
SCD Currently Legal
The synthetic chemical is currently legal to possess and distribute within the UK and as a result, is being marketed as a replacement for “Miaow” and is becoming a popular party drug for those looking to achieve a legal high.
The substance comes with a warning that it is not for human consumption and that it is a research chemical.
It is too early to tell if SCD results in the same negative affects as mephedrone and as yet it isn’t clear what damage it can do to those using it. Police and government drug advisors fear that this is just another in a long line of legal highs, fearing that the sophistication of the production and the financial gains from such drugs could lead to new drugs being created each time a substance is banned.