“MCAT” Abuse Hits Wales Hard

Mephedrone, commonly known as “drone” or “MCAT”, use by teenagers in south Wales has come to the attention of local residents.  Mephedrone is a dangerous synthetic stimulant with effects similar to Ecstasy (MDMA). It is cheap and has become wildly popular in Wales. A diverse group of people that includes police officers, educators, and other community volunteers, has been formed to help find solutions to the mephedrone abuse problem that has developed.

Director Peter Watkins-Hughes’ is getting involved by creating a new drama about the dangers of the drug mephedrone. He stated,

“Mephedrone is something now that’s much more dangerous because if you’re a young person in Wales today it’s a lot easier and cheaper to source mephedrone than it is to get drink.”

The film focuses on how addiction affects families and the consequences of the drug’s use. It will be shown in schools across Wales.  The drug mephedrone became a Class B drug in 2010, which according to British law means that it is considered less dangerous than Class A drugs like cocaine or heroin. Those who deal daily with mephedrone abusers see MCAT as every bit as dangerous as Class A drugs.

Many people did not realize how serious the problem was becoming until teenagers began talking about the problem to their teachers.

“What we found out… is that previously young people were not approached to buy things like heroin – now you’ve got dealers cruising the streets asking 11 and 12-year-old kids to buy this drug.”

Communities often turn a blind eye to problems that are occurring in their own schools and neighborhoods. It’s hard to believe that these dangers are in our midst. However, what’s happening in Wales could be a good lesson for other towns and municipalities to be more proactive.  Our young people are important and need all the support and help they can get from positive role models and safe environments.  Education is a beginning.


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