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Nothing feline about this Meow, Meow!

This new drug was among the stash confiscated at two separate seizures in Delhi by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the previous year, said a highly-placed source in NCB.

The tricky part is that Mephedrone doesn’t exist in either of the two lists -- Narcotic or Psychotropic – mentioned by the United Nations. The substance is largely traded through internet pharmacies. If not banned, the supply can grow exponentially in a short span of time.

Mephedrone is in the list of new psychoactive substances, which has around 388 substances in it presently. Mephedrone is also reportedly used in the making of fertilisers in China, which is suspected to be the current source of mephedrone in India. However, it hasn’t been verified yet, the source revealed.

Rampant trade of Meow-Meow was first traced to Maharashtra around three years ago. It hooked youngsters very fast and created havoc in the high-profile party curcuit in Mumbai. “The Maharashtra government then brought this to the NCB’s notice. And in December 2014, NCB recommended that the Centre include Mephedrone in the NDPS Act so that the supply of this drug could be checked before it went out of hand,” said the source.

He further said that in the cases of Mephedrone recovered so far, we could arrest the person in possession of the substance because he/she was also possessing other drugs recognised under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Had there only been Mephedrone, it would have been difficult for us to book the persons. Mephedrone comes in a powdered form. In Delhi, it has so far been recovered inside capsules. In can either be ingested (swallowed) or inhaled (sniffed) like cocaine, the source added.

According to a source in the crime branch of Delhi Police, Meow-Meow hit the Delhi market recently and it is slowly replacing LSD. Its unique selling point is its extremely low price, but the ‘kick’ is almost equivalent to expensive substances like cocaine and LSD. However, the Delhi Police haven’t recovered Mephedrone yet.

Mephedrone was first synthesised in 1929, but did not become widely known until it was rediscovered in 2003. By 2007, Mephedrone was reported to be available for sale on the internet, by 2008 law enforcement agencies had become aware of the compound, and by 2010, it had been reported in most of Europe, becoming particularly prevalent in the United Kingdom.

Mephedrone was first made illegal in Israel in 2008, followed by Sweden later that year. In December 2010, the EU ruled it illegal. In September 2011, the USA temporarily classified Mephedrone as illegal.

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