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Mephedrone reclassification

Posted by StreetSafe on April 15, 2010

From Friday 16 April 2010, anyone found in possession of mephedrone in Cumbria will be arrested and could face a criminal conviction and up to five years in jail.

The Home Office has announced that at the end of the week, the party drug, also known as meow meow, bubble or drone, will officially become a Class B controlled drug alongside substances like Amphetamine (speed) and Cannabis. The change in law also means that those who attempt to supply the drug could be handed up to 14 years in prison.

In the lead up to the ban, police are encouraging individuals and businesses to hand mephedrone over to them – before they commit a criminal offence. Neighbourhood policing teams have been personally handing out letters to businesses that currently supply the substance to warn them of the impending change in law which, if ignored, could see them face very serious consequences.

Specialist drug testing kits will also be rolled out in police stations across the county to allow officers to detect mephedrone quickly and effectively.

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “Cumbria Constab¬ulary is dedicated to tackling illegal drugs, and the harm they can cause in our communities. Mephedrone’s dangers have been recognised nationally and its new ‘Class B’ status reflects the serious effects that it can have on people’s health and lives.

“We have been working with our partners in the health service, local authorities and charities to raise awareness and educate young people on the dangers of mephedrone, and as of tomorrow, those who take or sell the drug can expect to be dealt with robustly.

“Letters have been sent out to businesses that have sold the substance to inform them of the changes in law so that ignorance cannot be used as a defence. We will not accept excuses.

“All illegal drugs are unsafe, can ruin individual’s lives, pull families apart and cause huge damage to communities. We hope that a nationwide ban on mephedrone will deter people from experimenting with it and send out a clear and simple message – mephedrone is illegal and dangerous.”

Anyone with information about illegal drug use or supply in their community is urged to contact Cumbria police on 0845 33 00 247 or pass on details anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For more information about drugs and the law or for help and advice visit any of the following sites: http://www.cumbria.police.uk ; http://www.risingsuntrust.org; http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/drugs ; http://www.talktofrank.com

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