Anyway it turns out that the teenagers whose deaths were attributed to the drug didn't actually take it:
The rebuttal will get less attention than the initial allegations.
Two teenagers whose deaths were linked to meow meow had not taken the drug, it was revealed yesterday.
The deaths of Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, sparked fears about then legal synthetic stimulant mephedrone.
It turns out that the sudden deaths of heavy drinking teenagers with symptoms consistent with the effects of excess alcohol consumption was due to the alcohol they had consumed. In that sense the coverage of MCAT resembles the coverage of date rape drugs- when spiked drinks are blamed for effects that were pretty consistent with unspiked drinks.
Former government drug advisor David Nutt notes the role of the police in hyping up the dangers of legal highs in this case.