I’m waiting for varun (name changed), in the living room with Italian marble, overlooking the lush green estate in Thane. It’s not exactly a counseling/ coaching session. Varun has been reluctant to meet a counselor. A common friend had arranged this meeting. Varun drained and exhausted arrives tries to make himself comfortable in the sofa. Little amount of probing revealed that varun is on drugs. Initially, it was not surprising for me. But, when I probed a little more varun prompted a funny name “meow meow”. This was years back when I first heard about “meow meow”. The scene has not changed much.I
Meow meow’s scientific name is mephedrone. Popular among teenagers across Mumbai and other metros. ts street name has been derived from its chemical name, 4-methylmethcathinone or M-CAT. This drug not just affects sleep, eating but also makes the addict abusive and violent. The drug is easily available on streets and Internet. Usually, the dealers are teenagers also into this habit creates more such users. The Irony is many teens use it to deal exam stress to avoid sleep, and study overnight. Approx 1 lac users are in Mumbai alone. users are mostly in age group of 14-19 years. If your teen is not in home for 2-3 days at a stretch and reflects below-given signs, please see a Counselor or a psychiatrist, immediate attention is needed.
How to identify a meow meow user
* They would be awake for two to three nights at a stretch.
* They often have a bleeding nose or blisters on their upper lips.Drastic change in the user’s appetite
* They have a bluish tinge to the lips and fingertips.
* They would be hyperactive, unable to focus on one thing and keep fidgeting, twitching and sniffing.Their movements would be fast, abrupt and uncoordinated. Complain of panic attacks, delusions, hallucinations and paranoia.
*They would frequently disappear to have their next fix. would stay in the bathroom for longer than usual.
*They may find a new set of friends and display severe mood fluctuations.
Himali Kelvekar, Student of English literature with a minor in communication, media and Psychology at christ university, Bangalore with a on-ground work experience in content writing ,editing,designing and public relations.
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