Deadly new drug hits the streets

POLICE have warned of a potentially lethal new drug which has hit the streets of North Kirklees.

The plant fertiliser Mephedrone known as Meow or MCAT is legally on sale but could prove a killer.

Dewsbury police, Kirklees Council and Dewsburybased drug agency Lifeline are all backing a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers.

A poster with the slogan: Whats getting up your nose? outlines the health risks and is being distributed across the district.

Mephedrone can be bought off the internet legally and West Yorkshire Polices drugs coordinator Bryan Dent said people should be aware of what they are buying.

MCAT is a substance which is currently legal, he said.

However it is predominately used for plants and can have quite an adverse effect if consumed by a human.

We know that this substance is often used by young people, particularly between the ages of 14 to 25.

These posters are therefore designed to reach this particular generation and help them to make an informed decision.

Mr Dent said MCAT was described as giving a legal high but that gave the impression that because it was legal it was safe.

There are number of substances, which are not controlled drugs or illegal, which can be abused, he said.

MCAT has the potential to damage both mental and physical health.

Mr Dent also warned they would clampdown on any licensed premises selling the drug.

Chris Lawton, of Lifeline Kirklees, urged people to beware of MCAT and said anyone concerned about drugs misuse or addiction could contact Lifeline for confidential advice and support 24/7 on 01484 353333.

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