An increase in 17 to 25 year olds using a drug known as “Meow Meow” resulted in positive joint action in Worthing last weekend, on the evenings of Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August.
The local multi-agency Worthing Action Group have raised concerns that 17 young people had reported the use of this class B drug in the last eight months, compared with just one case last year, so it was decided that an educational drive was needed.
“Meow Meow”, properly known as Mephedrone, featured in the media some two years ago as then a legal ‘high’, prior to it being reclassified as a class B drug. It can produce some very unpleasant side-effects and some of the 17 young people have had to have treatment at hospital as a result. Some were found by police officers whilst others were referred to hospital by other agencies.
However none of the young people have had any lasting effects.
Local police officers provided informative leaflets to door staff in the town, with great support from Worthing’s Street Pastors who also handed out the leaflets. This coupled with a local radio item on Splash FM gave young people information and knowledge about the dangers of this drug.
Social media is also being used to highlight this subject to young people who follow twitter via Sussex Police @Worthingpolice or on Facebook via “Worthing Npt”.
PCSO Kevin Brown who is managing the initiative said; “This is really a reminder to young people that you do not know what you are getting when you buy mystery substances from strangers, acquaintances or friends. So far no arrests have been made but we are continuing to pay attention to this issue and always welcome information about any drug dealing in the area. You can contact us direct or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55 111.”
For detailed information about this or any other drug and their after effects see the national ‘frank’ site at www.talktofrank.com- the leaflets were provided from that site.