Lancaster/Liverpool/John Moores - M-Cat copycats

July 22, 2010

Substances touted as "legal substitutes" for mephedrone contain similar or related chemicals to the recently outlawed drug, according to research. Academics at Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University analysed 17 drugs bought from UK-based websites after mephedrone was banned in April, and found that about 70 per cent contained related substances. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, also states that the "legal high" known as NRG-1 could cause heart and vascular problems, as well as hyperthermia, dependence and psychiatric side effects. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has now advised the government that NRG-1 be classified as a Class B drug.

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