In the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the study and characterization of drug abuse through analysis of hair.
Mephedrone is a designer stimulant usually snorted in a similar way to cocaine and has been outlawed in the UK since 2010. Mephedrone (also known as meow meow) in our experience is requested to be tested in hair samples because it is becoming a significant health concern.
Our own statistics from the hair samples we tested for drugs in hair at Cansford reveals that since 2012 the positive results for Mephedrone was 10.2%, in contrast to 7.2% for Cocaine.
The rise in Mephedrone consumption has also been confirmed in the British media that reported in recent months.
Very few studies have been performed on the detection of Mephedrone in hair, the results above helps to highlight that the comparison between Mephedrone and Cocaine use over the months between 2012 and 2013.
Our results in samples of hair tested at Cansford show that Mephedrone use has overtaken Cocaine use.
The results confirm the usefulness of hair analysis as an aid in monitoring use of drugs over a longer period of time and confirm that Mephedrone should me part of the panel when screening hair samples for drug use.