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Cheltenham teens turn to "cheap and nasty" drugs for highs

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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YOUNG people in Cheltenham could be risking long-term psychological damage by resorting to "cheap and nasty" drugs.

That's the opinion of one habitual drug user, who has spoken of the dangers of so-called "legal highs" available on the town's streets.

It comes as two such substances, Black Mamba and Methoxetamine – derived from cannabis and Ketamine respectively – have been outlawed after Government advisers deemed them potentially lethal.

The 30-year-old drug user, who lives in the town, but wants to remain anonymous, warned the ban could lead to youngsters dabbling in unknown substances.

He said Methodoxetamine, which has a street name of Mexxy, was a popular party drug among 16 to 23-year-olds available in Cheltenham for £10 a gram.

"If you want to get hold of it in Cheltenham you can pick it up relatively easily," he said.

"Black Mamba is available too if you know where to look. It's a derivative of cannabis but a mind-blowingly stronger version.

"These derivative drugs seem to be popping up all the time. No sooner has one been made illegal then another appears. You wonder if banning them actually spawns new versions of the same substance which could potentially be even more harmful."

Mexxy has been linked to two deaths in the UK this year while police have issued warnings about Black Mamba. They are the latest two legal highs to be banned. Meph- edrone was outlawed in 2010 after it was linked to a string of deaths.

Tony France, deputy chief executive of Infobuzz, a charity which supports young people in Gloucestershire with drug related issues, said: "Banning substances doesn't necessarily affect whether people use them or not – it just dictates the market conditions."

He added that young people took a significant risk when ingesting unknown substances.

"There is always going to be a risk putting drugs into your body," he added. "That certainly includes substances which haven't yet been made illegal, but that don't yet fully understand the impact of."

Mexxy and Black Mamba have now been classified as Class B drugs. Users could face up to five years in jail or 14 years for dealing.

Police vowed to crack down on anyone caught with the substances.

"We will take appropriate lawful action against users and their suppliers," said a force spokesman.

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  • cheltm2012  |  November 09 2012, 7:32PM

    thanks for the info TIg il see if i can get hold of any 'for research purposes' of course

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  • georgette2010  |  November 09 2012, 6:56PM

    Drugs are rife in Cheltenham, infact probably everywhere these days. They are a scurge on society and the only anwser is zero tollerance to stamp the problem out.

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  • interociter  |  November 09 2012, 6:11PM

    Social Darwinism, if the IQ challenged wish to end their miserable existence then so be it. It will at least stop them from breeding!

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  • SG1970  |  November 09 2012, 5:33PM

    I take it you never get drunk FreeRadical?

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  • FreeRadical1  |  November 09 2012, 3:37PM

    Some idiots will eat or drink anything without thinking of the consequences. Here's some advice to the 'legal high' muppets - don't drink methylated spirits or antifreeze, and don't eat poisonous mushrooms. Seriously though, the reason that most of us didn't consume Black Mamba or Methoxetamine while they were still legal was that most of us aren't that foolish.

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  • SG1970  |  November 09 2012, 12:31PM

    It's those Cheap & Nasty dugs LordG, get some proper ones.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  November 09 2012, 11:28AM

    for free speech, even.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  November 09 2012, 11:26AM

    oh dear, cencored again, so much fir free speech

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  • GlosYap2  |  November 09 2012, 8:41AM

    "Legal highs", a problem entirely generated by current drug legislation.

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  • 2dooks  |  November 09 2012, 7:45AM

    You should always buy the best - in anything!

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