Documentary reveals startling truth of Mephedrone in Llanelli
A DOCUMENTARY is set to reveal the startling truth of just how easy it is for young people to purchase danger drug Mephedrone on the streets on Llanelli.
In broad daylight, an undercover reporter for S4C youth programme Hacio purchases a gram of the drug — commonly known as meow meow — for just £15 after only a couple of conversations.
The show, which airs tonight at 10pm, also features an interview with Katie Davies who lost her cousin Hannah Meredith in 2009 due to heroin.
Since her cousin's death, Katie has campaigned vigorously for more to be done to help stop the increasing problem of drugs in the town.
"In my opinion the situation with drugs in Llanelli isn't getting any better, it's getting worse," Katie tells the show.
"When people hear about Llanelli they think of drugs straight away. It makes me sad the place I live has such a bad name."
Katie's aunty, Lisa Moore set up the Hannah Meredith Foundation to support families like theirs who are affected by drugs. Hannah died following an overdose of heroin just a matter of weeks before her 18th birthday, and in a letter she wrote before her death, she described how the addiction had taken hold of her life.
Katie tells the show how so many youngsters in her hometown are finding themselves facing constant temptation to take drugs and fears that many more lives are going to be lost if more is not done.
"It's obvious that we need to do more," Katie told the show.
"The heroin and meow meow are on the streets now waiting to destroy more peoples lives. People like my cousin Hannah."
A visit is also paid to drugs and alcohol intervention centre, Chooselife, where Hacio meets one addict who told her he'd been addicted to drugs since the age of 12.
The young man who wished to remain anonymous spoke of his spiralling addiction and his now constant struggle with Mephedrone.
He said: "I was mixing with the wrong crowd and it started with cannabis. I then went on to valium, ecstasy. Then I was in a flat and I saw someone doing heroin and I did it.
"Mentally it's just constantly in your brain (mephedrone). Tick tock you want meow meow. There's something different with it, you like doing it but for obvious reasons you know what it's doing to you but you still want to do it."
When the show asks how easy it was to get hold of the drug in the town he answered saying "every street corner basically, easy".
In tonight's programme the Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Salmon responds to the show's experience of buying drugs on Llanelli's streets.
"We absolutely acknowledge there is a problem and they (the force) are putting a lot of effort in to dealing with it. The drugs question is a complicated one," he said.