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Letters Mephedrone

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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1629
  1. Giorgia De Paoli, lecturer in forensic toxicology1,
  2. Simon D Brandt, senior lecturer in analytical chemistry2,
  3. Derrick J Pounder, professor1
  1. 1University of Dundee, Centre for Forensic and Legal Medicine, Dundee, UK
  2. 2School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
  1. g.depaoli{at}

Before April 2010, when mephedrone became a class B substance in the UK, the drug was sold lawfully online, either using its correct name or under fantasy names that did not specify its presence.1

A recent study has reported the …

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