Legal in Singapore -- the party drug that's banned everywhere else

Legal in Singapore -- the party drug that's banned everywhere else

The party drug Mephedrone is available here, side-stepping customs as 'plant food'
Legal import of Mephedrone
Clubbers in Singapore are exploiting a loophole in the customs system to get hold of mephedrone legally.

Banned abroad but not here...

It's easily available online, gets you high and most importantly, it's legal. Singapore clubbers are exploiting a loophole in import restrictions to get hold of mephedrone, a party drug that's so widely abused overseas as a party drug that it has been banned in several countries including Germany, Sweden and Norway. 

It's brought into Singapore by classifying it as 'plant food,' although it has no known use as a fertilizer for plants. "The substance is openly sold online as 'plant food' so that (sellers) can avoid prosecution," a local clubber and mephedrone user said anonymously to Channel NewsAsia. He takes mephedrone with his friends almost every weekend and orders their supplies off the Internet for about S$30 a gram.

Calling it "meow meow," he said he snorts the white powdery substance to give him a high. And unlike alcohol, he claimed, it does not give him a bad hangover the next day. The websites reportedly operate "out of Britain" and that their orders often arrive "within a week's time."

As mephedrone is relatively new on the market, medical professionals here know little about it or its long-term effects, but it has been known to constrict blood vessels, and users may suffer from hallucinations and paranoia. According to Valerie Wong, a counselor at the Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association, abusers may also experience withdrawal symptoms and many will consume more of it to experience the same euphoria as they did during their first high. 

A quick check with the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) reveals that mephedrone is not a controlled substance in Singapore and is not listed under the Misuse of Drugs Act, but that's likely to change soon given the harsh anti-drug stance here. 

A technology reporter and wannabe entrepreneur in a previous life, Larry is now City Editor for CNNGo Singapore, where he sacrifices his nights, caffeine intake and waistline to the demands of the job.
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