LEGAL HIGH: Isle of Man launches Campaign against Mephedrone

A public information campaign to warn people of the dangers of mephedrone ("meow meow", "plant food") is being rolled out over the coming weeks on Isle of Man. From April 1st mephedrone is banned.

The first phase of the campaign will involve the distribution of thousands of hard-hitting posters and leaflets showing a body dead from ‘misadventure’ and giving the known harmful side effects of taking mephedrone, sometimes known as plant food.

Support for the campaign follows inter-agency concerns about the use of mephedrone within the Island and the need to make people aware of the potential harm. The campaign has been paid for by a grant from the Seized Assets Fund.

See background details, comments and facts and press release.

Posters and leaflets will be distributed widely and will be found at public places including doctors’ surgeries, schools and voluntary agencies’ premises. The information campaign aims to build on the awareness raised in a series of public seminars that commenced mid-March.

Full details can be found on the Events page of the Drug and Alcohol Strategy website http://www.gov.im/dha/ceo/DandA/events.xml.

Banned on April 1st. 

Work continues in Island schools to ensure young people are aware that mephedrone, previously in the group termed ‘legal highs’ will be illegal to supply from April 1, and to warn of the possible harmful effects of this and other emerging drugs of concern.

Regulations making it illegal to sell, supply, distribute or import mephedrone or to possess mephedrone with a view to selling or supplying it come into force on April 1, 2010, in the Isle of Man under the Medicines Act 2003 (Restrictions of Dealing) (Mephedrone) Regulations 2010 approved this week. Infringements of the regulations are punishable on summary conviction by a fine of £5,000 and on information by custody of up to two years and/or a fine.

Isle of Man (situated between Ireland and England) is an independent self-governing jurisdiction but ultimately answerable to the British government.