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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 55-58

Roar of meow-meow (mephedrone) in India


1 Rural Medical College of Pravara Medical Trust, Loni, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
2 Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA

Correspondence Address:
Pooja Yudhishthir Palkar
No. 49, Yuneela, Pramathesh Society, Near Mahatma Society, Kothrud, Pune - 411 038, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-8990.174591

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Recently, a dangerous new designer drug mephedrone has fast gained popularity among the youth and teens of India. Its abuse has soared to mount to an epidemic. It has psychoactive properties and is believed to bring about effects similar to the use of cocaine, amphetamine, and 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine. The aim of this review is to discuss how mephedrone acts, health risks with its use and its emergence in India. The past and the emerging PubMed and Internet literature on mephedrone, and synthetic cathinones are reviewed. Recent studies suggest that use of synthetic cathinones lead to not just serious psychiatric but serious neurological, cardiovascular, and sexual health sequelae as well. Use of these designer drugs may lead to multi-organ failure and death. It has become increasingly evident that mephedrone is highly dangerous to public health. This warrants educating and training healthcare providers to provide optimum management.


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