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Warning after danger "Bubble" drug seized in Lancashire

by Tony McConville. Published Mon 01 Feb 2010 20:19

Students and young people are being warned about the dangers of a new "legal high" drug known as "Bubble", after seven people were arrested at a Lancaster nightclub.

Door staff at Lancaster’s Sugar House alerted police after compulsory searches on January 28 revealed seven students were carrying white powder thought to me Mephedrone.

Also known as "Meow Meow" Mephedrone can be bought legally over the internet where it is advertised as plant food.

There have been reports from some areas of children as young as 13, 14 and 15 using the drug.

Mephedrone originated in China and has been shipped to the UK over the last 18 months.

Not much is known about the drug, but one 14-year-old girl, who is thought to have taken it at a party near Brighton, is believed to have died from it. Another case saw a teenage boy admitted to hospital in County Durham with severe side-effects.

It was reported he had such severe hallucinations he ripped off part of his genitals as he believed centipedes were crawling over his body and biting him.

In Sweden an 18-year-old died from taking the drug and it has now been banned there, as well as in Israel, Norway and Finland.

The students held in Lancaster were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and told officers they believed the substance was "Bubble". The substance has now been sent away for forensic analysis.

It is currently not illegal to possess Mephedrone under the Misuse of Drugs Act. However, it is illegal to sell it for human consumption which is why it is often marketed as plant food.

Mephedrone usually takes the form of a white powder or crystals. It can also be in tablet form or capsules containing the powder

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Gregson, Lancaster Police, said: “As is the case with all drugs which appear in powder form, Mephedrone lends itself to being ‘cut’ with other drugs.

“This means you can never know exactly what you are putting into your body.

“Mephedrone can cause very bad reactions when mixed with alcohol - people have died from taking this substance - and there is the risk of paranoia and possible mental health problems in the long term.

“There is also the danger that young people may experiment with other forms of plant food in the belief that these will also have a euphoric effect.”

He added: “Aside from the health risks, if you are found to be carrying drugs you may be arrested and will be under investigation until it is determined exactly what that substance is.

"Mephedrone is currently not illegal, but that looks set to change, and a criminal record could impact heavily on your future.”


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"a lot of my friends take it, although there are some severe side effects, such as come down, they make you, want to kill yourself, NO JOKE!!" Raphael, Newcastle around 9 months, 1 week ago

"if people are going to tek it its up to them to stop i erd was just like cocain" amdey, sthelens around 1 year, 7 months ago

"i have just found out my 15 year old son is snorting bubble can any one give me some advice as i am really worried please help me thanks,as" bad, bristol around 1 year, 10 months ago

"Wow reading th comments scared me off ever trying this shyt! Adam of Garstang is food 4 thought,only a month after his comment he's on it!!!" trikkivikki, littleborough around 2 years, 3 months ago

"Why would anyone want to put plantfood up their nose? Bubbles is probably far more dangerous as it is not regulated or known of at all. " deb, newcastle around 2 years, 4 months ago

"hi there any one out there plz listen to me i have to boys one of them had to go hospital would not admitt him let him out i been there four" ann tervit, paisley around 2 years, 5 months ago

"Life is too precious. Why would you want to throw it away?" Elene, Queensland around 2 years, 11 months ago

"am from fleetwood all the dirty drugies live behind the stashon and still sell this drug to kids as young as 12 how could sell drugs to kids" carl holden, spain around 3 years ago

"Drugs are bad, mmkay." Jon, Africa around 3 years ago

"it up 2 the ppl hu taks dis crap wether to stop.its nt lyk they r guna listen to you lot when you tell them to stop.we can only advise them" Nano Mas, Preston around 3 years, 1 month ago

"dont take this crap it will kill u will die a horrible death " sammy, rochdale around 3 years, 2 months ago

"grow up kids it dont make u big or clever just makes u look like a dick puttin stupid comments like that lets hope u ok next time u take it " dee, blackpool around 3 years, 2 months ago

"i just found out my 15 year old son i taking it and cant stop .i never even heard of it before dont know what to do or anything about it " mich, blackpool around 3 years, 3 months ago

"the law should b harder on dealers n there should b more help for the young.all my sons m8s r on this crap n i hope he dnt follow,its scary." miss unknown, uk around 3 years, 3 months ago

"my husband recently started assulting me- never happened before and he's suddenly become aggressive- i found out he's been taking this crap" upset wife, east mids around 3 years, 3 months ago

"iv took bubble,i was only 14,i was takin it at school and everythin its bad dont do it,you dont get a come down first time but after you do!" michelle, blackburn around 3 years, 6 months ago

"this stuff KILLS, it is poison and is ruining so many lives. people are dying, terrified who will be next." devastated, dundee around 3 years, 6 months ago

"my town thrives off bubble damn crackheads i stop doing it because i work all week to blow it all away on the weekend " damien, accy around 3 years, 7 months ago

"this drug kills what's cool about that also the dealers love you they make money easy ban this drug now.wills dundee" wills, dundee around 3 years, 7 months ago

"bubbles are damage" john, charelston around 3 years, 8 months ago

"dont be takin bubble ive bin on mad seshions onit for past few week n my heads fuked n so is my nose soo al you youngsters dnt take it " josh, chorley around 3 years, 8 months ago

"Honestly ppl stay away frm bubbles after u take them ur heart goes crazy and u feel like ur gonna pass out they r dangerous " Garry, Scotland around 3 years, 8 months ago

"My 16 year old cousin has been in hospital twice in 1 week on life support cos he addicted to this we have been told next time he wil die! " Jane, Manchester around 3 years, 8 months ago

"It goes to show that they went on and on about dangers of E but in reality it was safest and freindliest drug going. Bring back MDMA" ade, salford around 3 years, 8 months ago

"DONT TAKE IT - my friend bf got sectioned other day he ended up running through streets quoting bible & doesn't even know who he is!!!!" Debbie, Lancashire around 3 years, 8 months ago

"I've tried it recently, it's rubbish there are better alternatives which also wont kill you... possibly" Kevin, Bolton around 3 years, 9 months ago

"it gets u twisted.com" patrick, manchester around 3 years, 9 months ago

"The state of the people doing this shit is poor, if you can't have a good time without shooting up on this cancer, you're doing it wrong." Jeremy, East Lancashire around 3 years, 10 months ago

"this drug needs 2 be stoped its takin 2 many lives" kelly, colne around 3 years, 10 months ago

"A young girl died yesterday here in our town, 2 others were seriously ill from same stuff, just WAKE UP. Dealers wil make u belive its cool." beggers belief, colne around 3 years, 11 months ago

"disgustin it is,ban it.end off then ey." miss unknown, carnforth around 3 years, 11 months ago

"drugs are bad but u can take drugs safely if u know what ur takin and do them responcibly " mr. mess, fairy land around 4 years ago

"all drug's are bad for you and illegal if you abuse them they abuse you why you thnk ppl de coz thre young, vunrable coz thy dnt av a clue !" protester, morecambe around 4 years ago

"I had this on one 2 occassions..I woke up with severe pains in my chest and lungs and could not breath - was v ill. Dont do it... not cool!!" Miss unknown, lancashire around 4 years ago

"the idiots who wrote stupid comments about bubble need their heads examined,my 16 year old daughter could loose her son due to relatedissues" denise, bolton around 4 years ago

"just stick with the herb and thats me done . bubble has been in my system a lot and now it is out n not going bak in ;) so fk all meowheadz!" adruan, bristol around 4 years ago

"my brother and all my schoolfriends take it, ive tried stuff before but have now grown up , BAN IT BEFORE IT GETS WORSE !!!!!!!!!" lauren, burnley around 4 years ago

"All i think about this drug is its weeding out all the drug users so good riddance to them all :)" Ha Ha Ha, Clitheroe around 4 years ago

"OI bubble heads fly like a bubble wiv the fairies! bubbles! wooooooo" BuBbLe, BuBbLeS around 4 years ago

"my sons had tried bubble n ncame home with there fingers & jaw twitchin no control over them there heart was pounding n cramps in the legs." sheryl, morecambe around 4 years ago

"I love my girlfriend" Matt White, Morecambe around 4 years ago

"I'm 17..my brother got addicted, my mates have ended up in hospital on life support over it. It's not worth it. It's plant food ffs!" Laura , Blackpool around 4 years ago

"today's guinea pigs are tomorrows headlines play it safe leave this stuff alone, protect your parents from the pain !!!" janet, Bolton around 4 years ago

"if u need 2 take drugs like this 2 av a good time, there must b sumthin wrong with u! ITS PATHETIC!!" kelly marie, accy around 4 years ago

"i think it should stay legal and should be sold in the local shops :)" Jordan Juaneda-Astwood, Bare around 4 years ago

"As with anything, do it in moderation. Me and my partner have been taking it every weekend for 4 months with absolutely no ill effects." Samantha, Scotland around 4 years ago

"i had a massive sesh on it last weekend and when i woke up on sunday my bed looked like a murder scene " James Diver , Lancaster around 4 years ago

"4get what i sed its amazing!!!!!" Adam , Garstang around 4 years ago


"its stupid." jennie, hanham around 4 years, 1 month ago

"i took bubbles last weekend ,it almost killed me if u no whts gd for u ul stay clear of it !" littomiss, scotland around 4 years, 1 month ago

"how stupid do u av 2b 2 take that stuff!! selfish people who dont care of the effects it has on their familys!" kelly marie, Accy around 4 years, 1 month ago

"its gonna be sought after because of the recent hype.if your teenage kids are into dabbling then take action only let them socialise at home" prof realistic, northwest around 4 years, 1 month ago

"Peace out buz rules" Kishy Lads, Dauble around 4 years, 1 month ago

"suck out people bubble rules i will happily die on it best feelin evahh i had 47g last week didnt sleep for 3 weeks" ReasonChillin', B-Town around 4 years, 1 month ago

"i sniffed 7g and didnt go sleep for 23 hours and had the best night ever" bubble bubbley, wigan around 4 years, 1 month ago

"Everyone is on bubble, coke isnt even for sale anymore around here as its so expensive compared. Even school kids are hooked on it!" Jake , Lancaster around 4 years, 1 month ago

"really serious, this horrendous drug has ripped my family to bits...my son 15 n 12 have had it im keeping them in where they re safe. " ms Torres, lancs around 4 years, 1 month ago

"make money while u can yo before its illegal!! " aka yo, london around 4 years, 1 month ago

"i have taken it since jus before christmas and had severe panic attacks off it, numbness of the legs. horrible stuff never again !" Jill, Merseyside around 4 years, 1 month ago

"i had bubble for the 1st time last weeken n really enjoyed it had no come down or out" mr ?, hartlepool around 4 years, 1 month ago

"i had this afew week ago, was very harsh on the nose. and didnt really do much. ood job it was free." eric chadwick, bolton around 4 years, 1 month ago

"when we where younger it was e and whizz and compared to bubble, they where candy, this stuff sounds dangerous " zoe , preston, lancashire around 4 years, 1 month ago

"ban it my son 19 been taking it since xmas day today he asked for help he addicted its a horific drug " marie, northwest lancs around 4 years, 1 month ago

"My niece took this last week. shes 14, she also mxd alcohol & cocaine,she collapsed,left side of her face has now dropped like a stroke." peej, manchester around 4 years, 1 month ago

"iv bin taking it for about a month now on weekends , last weekend i had a panic attack i coudent breeth properly for a hour was this bubble?" dannyw, bolton around 4 years, 1 month ago

"i had a small key of it last weekend and didnt feel much, its probably only as harmfull as cocaine" billy bob, manchester around 4 years, 1 month ago

"that comment was not from me? who is pretending to be me," lottie barnes, blackpool around 4 years, 1 month ago

"It needs to banned. I know a lot of people that use this stuff. To be honest it scares the hell out of me. Something needs to be done." Adam, Garstang around 4 years, 1 month ago

"pleae can i buy some bubble?" owen medd, blackpool around 4 years, 1 month ago

"PEOPLE ARE STILL DYING FROM SMOKING!!! WHY ARE CIGGARETS STILL LEGAL!! DO YOU SMOKE????????" Dan, Sotland around 4 years, 1 month ago

"This stuff needs to be banned and fast! people are dying? WHY IS IT STILL LEGAL?" shaney, leigh around 4 years, 1 month ago

"This is a very serious drug problem and i dont know what can be done before its too late" mrs blank, northwest uk around 4 years, 2 months ago

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