Mephedrone is an amphetamine “by another name,” drug adviser tells MPs

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1690
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The interim chairman of the UK government’s advisory body on drugs strongly hinted this week that it would recommend a ban on the “legal high” mephedrone when it reports to the home secretary next week.

    Les Iversen, who chairs the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, was giving evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee in the wake of the deaths of two young people after taking mephedrone, which is marketed as a plant food.

    Two friends, Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, died this month after taking the drug, which …

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