As the debate about mephedrone rages on, 50 students attending Liverpool John Moores University have taken part in an experiment - the idea is to hold structured interviews with the subjects to record how they feel after taking the drug.
Dr Cathy Montgomery, the psychology lecturer behind the research said: “During these tests, the university makes it clear they do not condone drug use.
“Until now, most evidence comes from people anecdotally. We will be holding structured interviews with users, asking them how they feel at different time points.
Whilst Liberal Democrat MP John Pugh, who represents Southport, Merseyside has branded the study “highly irresponsible”, the question remains, should we be taking more steps to understand more about mephedrone as oppose to simply banning it? Would banning it alone prevent any more people using it? Should we concentrate our resources on researching effects of legal highs so at least people are informed?
What do you think of the university experiment??