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Study focuses on mephedrone use in Northern Ireland post-ban
Date:10/3/2010

ll the study participants had also consumed alcohol, although the timing and amount of alcohol varied.
  • During their most recent use of mephedrone, six of the 23 participants had used another psychoactive substance, other than alcohol.
  • During their most recent use of mephedrone, most participants had consumed between one-two grams of the drug, although half recalled bingeing on mephedrone, sharing upward of seven-eight grams with two to three other people.

    Dr McElrath said: "This is one of the first studies into mephedrone use in Northern Ireland since it was made illegal earlier this year. The findings suggest that the ban did not have a significant impact on those who already used mephedrone, at least during the two-month period that followed the ban. We are keen to develop this research further and to compare our results with a similar study conducted in Waterford prior to the ban on mephedrone in the Republic of Ireland in May 2010."

    The study was part of a cross-border research partnership with Marie Clare Van Hout at the Waterford Institute of Technology.


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  • Contact: Anne-Marie Clarke
    anne-marie.clarke@qub.ac.uk
    44-028-909-75320
    Queen's University Belfast
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