There is a Deadly New Drug to Kill Our Kids

There's a menacing new drug around. And it's called... meow meow. Really. The press in Australia and Britain, who love a new drug they can moralize about, say it's deadly and legal and kids are all doing it.

It's real name is mephedrone and you snort it. Reading from the big book of newspaper cliches, it is a 'designer drug,' which is a phrase that means nothing and that no-one under the age of 50 has ever used. The Daily Mail, Britain's resident outrage-sheet sums it up:

The 'legal' drug, also known as Mephedrone and MCAT, can be bought over the internet and is billed as a cross between Ecstasy and cocaine

The paper was reporting on it after a 14-year-old girl suffered a heart attack while high on Ketamine and mephedrone. They play down the heart-attack-causing tendencies of the former, because then there's no story. The Australian press are making even more tenuous excuses to scare people. This story is about a teenager who died while on Ecstasy. See if you can spot where they conflate it with mephedrone for no apparent reason.

The most interesting report is from Vice. They ordered some off the internet and tried it. See also: this.