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Home Affairs Committee letter to Home Secretary on mephedrone

Following yesterday’s evidence from Professor Les Iversen, Interim Chair of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP has written to the Home Secretary on the subject of ‘legal high’ mephedrone.

Letter from the Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee to the Home Secretary dated Wednesday 24th March 2010


The Home Affairs Committee took evidence yesterday, 23 March, from Professor Iversen, Interim Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, on the subject of the ‘legal high’ mephedrone.

Whilst there is little published research about the pharmacological risks from taking mephedrone - since it is a relatively new compound - we were very concerned to hear from Professor Iversen that mephedrone is a form of amphetamine, and that there is already a body of evidence on self-reported harms associated with mephedrone use. According to a survey by dance magazine MixMag in February, 51% of those taking mephedrone experienced headaches, 43% palpitations and 27% nausea. The drug has also been linked to several high profile deaths in the last few weeks, although the results of these post mortems are not yet available.

If the link between mephedrone and serious physical harm and death is proven, the Committee urges you to act swiftly to make mephedrone illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP
Committeee Chairman