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Press campaign to make the drug mephedrone illegal.

The drug, commonly known as bubbles, meow, meow or M-CAT, cost as little as £3 a dose, and was becoming increasingly popular among young people in North and East Yorkshire, but its effects were devastating.


New warning over mephedrone

10:46am Saturday 3rd July 2010

POLICE have issued a fresh warning about the dangers of drugs following the confirmation that mephedrone was linked to the death of a 24-year-old North Yorkshire woman.

Mephedrone likely to have been a factor in death of Malton woman Lois Waters, inquest told

York Press: Lois Waters

8:50am Friday 2nd July 2010

Updated: AN INQUEST has heard that the former ‘legal high’ drug mephedrone is likely to have contributed to the death of a woman from Norton, near Malton.

Mephedrone: The aftermath

York Press: LEGAL, BUT DEADLY: A police officer with a bag of mephedrone, also known as bubbles or meow, meow

10:38am Thursday 22nd April 2010

IT is a week since the ban of mephedrone came into force. STEPHEN LEWIS and JENNIFER BELL assess the impact.

Number of mephedrone dealers ‘will fall by half’

10:25am Thursday 22nd April 2010

A LEADING narcotics expert has predicted the number of people selling danger drug mephedrone will be cut in half following the decision to outlaw it.

School head ‘delighted’ by mephedrone campaign

10:24am Thursday 22nd April 2010

THE Press campaign made a “significant contribution” to raising awareness about the drug and changing the law, according to the head of the East Yorkshire school where a teenager collapsed after taking the drug.

Was The Press right to call for a ban on mephedrone?

10:22am Thursday 22nd April 2010

York drugs worker Paul Tye and anti-ban campaigner Steve Clements give their views on the mephedrone ban.

Eight held in purge on mephedrone

8:25am Tuesday 20th April 2010

A CLAMPDOWN on the danger drug mephedrone has seen police arrest eight people in York and North Yorkshire during a series of raids.

Police seize Mephedrone worth £30k

9:38am Friday 16th April 2010

A SHIPMENT of the danger drug mephedrone worth £30,000 has been seized in the York area.

Police urge anyone in possession of mephedrone to dispose of it before ban

10:55am Wednesday 14th April 2010

POLICE have issued a last chance warning for anyone who is in possession of the danger drug mephedrone to dispose of it before it is banned.

MP's mephedrone modification fears

York Press: Press reporter Jennifer Bell hands over the petition calling for a ban on mephedrone at 10 Downing Street. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA

8:21am Monday 12th April 2010

THE MP for East Yorkshire has welcomed plans to outlaw mephedrone – but has raised concerns the danger drug could be modified by its manufacturers to bypass the new legislation.

North Yorkshire Police to take tough stance on mephedrone drug

9:32am Monday 5th April 2010

ONE of North Yorkshire’s most senior police officers has vowed to take a tough stance on dealers trafficking danger drug mephedrone into the region.

Funeral service held for Lois Waters

York Press: Lois Waters

9:11am Thursday 1st April 2010

THE tragedy of a young North Yorkshire woman who lost her life days after taking the danger drug mephedrone has left “a black cloud” hanging over the town where she lived.

Education key to tackling the scourge of mephedrone

8:07am Wednesday 31st March 2010

EDUCATION is as important as punishment to tackle the scourge of mephedrone, say teachers and councillors.

"Legal high" mephedrone to be banned following a campaign by The Press

York Press: Press reporter Jennifer Bell hands over the petition calling for a ban on mephedrone at 10 Downing Street. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA

8:00am Tuesday 30th March 2010

Updated: THE drug mephedrone is to be made illegal meaning The Press has won its campaign to get the so-called “legal high” outlawed.

Mephedrone petition to be handed to 10 Downing Street

9:04am Monday 29th March 2010

TODAY, after ten weeks of campaigning, The Press will hand its petition to ban the danger drug mephedrone to 10 Downing Street.

PM hints at ban on drug

10:05am Saturday 27th March 2010

GORDON Brown has given his strongest hint yet that The Press will win its campaign to have the danger drug mephedrone banned after the Prime Minister is handed a crucial report from advisors on Monday.

Fresh calls to outlaw mephedrone after latest tragedy

York Press: Lois Waters, who was found dead in an incident thought to be related to mephedrone

9:21am Wednesday 24th March 2010

RENEWED calls have been made for the danger drug mephedrone to be banned, as tributes were paid to a “lovely girl” who has died.

Government drugs adviser moves closer to mephedrone ban

4:44pm Tuesday 23rd March 2010

THE Government’s main drugs adviser has given the strongest signal yet that The Press is close to winning our campaign to ban mephedrone from our streets.

Drug death woman was mephedrone user, say police

12:31pm Tuesday 23rd March 2010

Police investigating the death of a woman in North Yorkshire say she had used mephedrone shortly before she died.

Mephedrone linked to death of 24-year-old Norton woman

9:20am Tuesday 23rd March 2010

A 24-year-old woman has died in Ryedale. Police believe her death may be linked to the drug mephedrone.

Parents of young mephedrone victims back campaign

York Press: Elaine and Tony Smith, the parents of Nick Smith, 19, who died after taking the “legal high” mephedrone

10:00am Monday 22nd March 2010

THE families of two teenage boys who died after taking the danger drug mephedrone have backed The Press’s campaign to outlaw the “legal high” saying: “No family should have to go through what we have gone through”.

New powers on mephedrone

10:37am Saturday 20th March 2010

SCHOOLS have been given the power to confiscate mephedrone from pupils – despite it not being banned under the law.

Mephedrone still a prevalent problem in York

York Press: Louise Taylor, York Police drugs liaison officer, with seized amounts of mephedrone

9:42am Friday 19th March 2010

A LEADING narcotic specialist in York has said the danger drug mephedrone was still a prevalent problem in the city.

Mephedrone ban could be recommended after drugs tragedy

9:27am Thursday 18th March 2010

THE Government’s drugs advisers could recommend a ban on mephedrone within weeks, following the deaths of two teenagers thought to have taken the drug.

Mephedrone drug linked to double teens tragedy

8:22am Wednesday 17th March 2010

TWO teenagers have died after apparently taking the “legal high” drug mephedrone.

Burglar Dean Maurice Barker stole to buy mephedrone

York Press: Dean Barker targeted nine houses in a two-week spree

10:47am Saturday 13th March 2010

A MEPHEDRONE user went on a £17,000 burgling spree to fund his drug-taking and other spending, York Crown Court heard.

Teenagers ‘ignoring’ mephedrone warnings

9:38am Thursday 11th March 2010

TEENAGERS are still ignoring the warnings about mephedrone, but parents are now aware of the issues.

Guernsey may ban mephedrone

8:33am Friday 5th March 2010

DANGER drug mephedrone – which The Press is trying to get banned – could be criminalised by the Channel Island of Guernsey.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson to decide whether mephedrone should be made illegal

10:28am Thursday 4th March 2010

HOME Secretary Alan Johnson is still waiting to hear from independent drug experts before deciding whether mephedrone should be made illegal.

Mephedrone campaign goes on to streets

8:51am Tuesday 23rd February 2010

THE Press’s campaign to ban the potentially deadly “legal high” mephedrone from our streets will step up a gear tomorrow.

Experts meet to look at mephedrone ban

1:44pm Monday 22nd February 2010

EXPERTS were due to meet today to discuss a possible ban of the drug mephedrone.

Drugs education event puts spotlight on mephedrone

York Press: A course member experiences hallucinations using special goggles at the  Legal High Active Learning Awareness Course at the Skills Centre, in Fulfordgate, York

8:48am Friday 19th February 2010

TEENAGERS from a York education programme have shared their experiences of the danger-drug mephedrone and told how easy it is obtain the legal high.

Mephedrone petition reaches major milestone

9:39am Wednesday 17th February 2010

OUR campaign to ban the drug mephedrone is gathering pace after more people signed The Press petition, writes Jennifer Bell.

Mephedrone link to party man’s death

8:59am Tuesday 16th February 2010

A MAN is believed to have died after taking the “legal high” drug mephedrone which The Press is campaigning to have banned.

Mephedrone ban hope

9:09am Wednesday 10th February 2010

THE Press campaign for the “legal high” drug mephedrone to be banned could succeed as soon as next month.

Drug experts’ concern over mephedrone

York Press: Prof Les Iversen

8:34am Tuesday 9th February 2010

TWO of the UK’S top drug experts have driven home the dangers of a legal high which The Press is fighting to ban from our streets.

Teenager speaks on dangers of mephedrone

9:26am Monday 1st February 2010

A TEENAGER who has dabbled in mephedrone today spoke out about the dangers of the drug as he backed The Press’s campaign to ban the “legal high”.

Legal drug mephedrone presents a very real risk

York Press: Sergeant Mick Irwin with a sample of Mephedrone.

9:27am Friday 29th January 2010

The Press is campaigning for the legal drug mephedrone to be banned. Students in York and local drugs worker Paul Tye tell STEPHEN LEWIS why they agree with the campaign.

Mephedrone row pupils back at school

9:56am Thursday 28th January 2010

THE teenagers involved in a drugs scare in East Yorkshire will face public exposure today when they are ordered to tell their classmates about their ordeal.

Mephedrone drug alert sparks Easingwold School into action

9:18am Wednesday 27th January 2010

A SCHOOL is planning to hold an information session for pupils about mephedrone, amid concerns the deadly “legal high’ drug is becoming widely available in its catchment area.

Mephedrone ‘on sale at schools’

9:52am Tuesday 26th January 2010

THE deadly “legal high” drug mephedrone is being bought and sold in and around North Yorkshire schools, according to a local police sergeant.

Drug curse campaign gathers pace

11:06am Saturday 23rd January 2010

THE Press’s campaign to outlaw the curse of mephedrone is gathering pace – as more York parents reveal their harrowing experiences of the legal but potentially lethal drug’s effects.

‘My 16-year-old son is addicted to mephedrone’

9:38am Friday 22nd January 2010

EVIDENCE continues to be given to The Press of the devastating impact of the drug mephedrone.

Mum tells how ‘legal high’ drug devastated her family

York Press: The York mum whose son took mephedrone, with devastating results

10:30am Thursday 21st January 2010

A YORK mother has revealed how the legal drug mephedrone transformed her “loving and gentle” son into an “aggressive and paranoid liar”.

Ban mephedrone now

York Press: Det Con Louise Taylor, York’s drugs liaison officer, with samples of the drug mephedrone, which is being used in the city

9:27am Wednesday 20th January 2010

THIS is the new drug at the centre of a potentially deadly craze – and it is perfectly legal.

Press launches campaign for mephedrone to be made illegal

York Press: LEGAL, BUT DEADLY: A police officer with a bag of mephedrone, also known as bubbles or meow, meow

9:22am Wednesday 20th January 2010

TODAY The Press launches a campaign for the drug mephedrone to be made illegal.

Head teacher backs The Press campaign

York Press: Jeff Bower, head of Woldgate College, in Pocklington

9:21am Wednesday 20th January 2010

THE head of a school at the centre of a drugs scare has given his backing to The Press’s campaign to ban the legal drug mephedrone.

Case study: User reveals it took days to recover from ‘highly addictive’ mephedrone

9:21am Wednesday 20th January 2010

THE ravaging effects of taking mephedrone have been described to The Press by a 27-year-old woman from York who says the drug was ”extremely addictive”.

Woldgate College head issues alert over ‘legal highs’

9:15am Tuesday 19th January 2010

THE head of a school at the centre of a drugs scare has said every head teacher in the country should be aware of “legal highs”.

Woldgate College pupil collapses after taking ‘legal high’

York Press: Woldgate College in Pocklington

10:30am Thursday 14th January 2010

A TEENAGE boy has collapsed at school after taking a party drug known as a “legal high”.



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