Police warning over dangers to Carmarthenshire youngsters from meow meow
POLICE in the Gwendraeth Valley have warned youngsters against the dangers of Mephedrone during the latest Pact meeting.
At a meeting at Cross Hands memorial hall, PC Wyn Davies, said: "This is a problem in Carmarthenshire.
"We have got this meow meow going around."
Mephedrone — a white powder substance, known on the street as Meow Meow — has been classified as an illegal Class B drug under the Controlled Drugs Act.
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PC Davies said the Cross Hands team had conducted a drugs warrant in the valley — an exercise they undertake every month — adding: "A substantial amount of meow meow was found, and I am hoping they have learnt their lesson this time."
The team, based at Cross Hands Police station, were the first in Carmarthenshire to make an arrest for the illegal use of the drug in 2010.
Last month Dyfed Powys Police released figures showing a 400 per cent rise in offences involving the drug in the past year.
The force showed that 106 offences involving the drug were recorded between April 2011 and March 2012.
The same period, between 2010 and 2011, showed a total of 21 offences across the county, showing an increase of 404 per cent — or 85 more offences.
The increase saw police execute a number of warrants across the county on August 9.
Dyfed Powys Chief Inspector Richard Lewis, said: "There are some serious side-effects to using meow-meow.
"These can include heart attack, seizures, sweating and paranoia.
"Some signs to look out for after use, known as the 'come down', are that users can become very emotional and some can be quite aggressive."
Mephedrone is a fine white or off-white, crystallised powder which was originally sold as a legal alternative to cocaine and amphetamine. The effects of mephedrone are that users feel euphoric, very alert and talkative. However, some users feel anxious and paranoid.
Users can become very emotional and some can be quite aggressive.
The long-term side-effects are still largely unknown, but the drug is very addictive.
The drug also suppresses the appetite and need for sleep, with users also developing a unique odour, similar to stale cat urine.
For advice on the dangers of drug misuse visitwww. dan24/7.org.uk