Mephadrone has not been in this country for long - it is manufactured in China and bought by unscrupulous dealers for about £2500 a kilo, then sold on at £10 a gram at many outlets including the internet, where it is disguised as 'plant-food' or 'fertiliser' in order to avoid prosecution. If you fed it to plants, they would die quicker than the people who snort it. At the moment, it is completely legal to sell and possess, as the authorities have not had enough time to legislate against it. There have already been quite a few deaths world-wide as a result of taking it, and I wonder how many more there will be before it is banned. There have also been countless descriptions of ghastly side-effects, including brain-bleeds and paranoia. At the hospital, the doctor told mum that the previous weekend had seen a whole group of teenagers brought into A & E, having snorted it at a party, all with the same array of symptoms.
I'm off to visit my lovely girl again today - now safely back home and grounded for the foreseeable future. Partly we will be celebrating the fact that she is still alive and (hopefully) not brain-damaged, but mainly to help her to understand why she will not be going to any parties or festivals this summer. As the child psychologist said at the hospital, it will be a long time before all those bridges are mended and trust is restored again, as we really don't want her dead - or worse. She has just blown the last year of her childhood, and it will never be restored to her, but at least she can hopefully look forward to being a healthy, young adult.
When she regained consciousness at the hospital, after taking in a whole bag of saline drip, the doctor asked her, "Well then, was that worth it?"
She said, "No."