Swansea Drugs Project to host major meow meow conference in April
DRUG experts from around the country will be heading to Swansea for a meeting on how to combat the growing menace of meow meow.
South West Wales has seen a huge increase in the amount of people using the drug in the past 12 months due to its availability and cheapness.
Now, in an attempt to see what can be done to help tackle the problem, the Swansea Drugs Project will be hosting a conference on March 7.
Director Ifor Glyn, who has previously warned of the damage the drug can do, said: "The effects we have seen in Swansea during the past year have been shocking.
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"You can see the difference it makes to someone's appearance in a matter of weeks, for example. It is more destructive for someone's appearance than heroin.
"It is about raising the issues. It is not just drug agencies which will be coming across this. Schools, youth services, the police will all be too.
"It is about learning from the experiences of elsewhere."
Among those speaking on the day will be Morriston Hospital A&E consultant Mike McCabe, founder of the Global Drug Survey, Dr Adam Winstock, and Dr Russell Newcombe, one of the leading drug advisors based in the North West of England.
In November Mr McCabe warned in the Evening Post that meow meow users were violently lashing out at hospital staff as the drug had made them so agitated.
And last week former soldier Jamie Birmingham was jailed after being caught bringing £20,000 of the drug into Swansea.
Mr Glyn added: "Other places haven't seen a similar increase in use; places in England saw a peak in mephedrone use going back last year and the year before.
"We are seeing it in Wales, in particular Swansea, Llanelli and Newport, because it is cheap, readily available and is an intense drug.
"It has shocked us all. The way the drug has come in, I have never seen anything like it in 25 years. We need to make sure we are reaching out to as many people as possible."