Police and partners crack down on MCAT use in Bracknell ForestBy Jennie Slevin
March 11, 2013
Police and health workers are cracking down on a so-called party drug that is ‘poisoning’ young people.
They say use of mephedrone, commonly known as MCAT, is on the rise and users could be drawn into prostitution to feed their habit.
The borough’s Community Safety Partnership is targeting MCAT use, which was a legal high until April 2010.
Concerns about the Class B drug were raised at the borough’s full council meeting on Wednesday, February 27.
Councillor Paul Bettison, leader of the council, said: “Mephedrone use is still growing.
“We are doing our very best to help those who have become involved with this poison and we’re not doing a bad job there.
“We manage to crack down on people early on in their young lives rather than see them grow further and further into a life of crime.”
The Community Safety Partnership’s 2012 Strategic Report stated: “There has been an increase in the use of Mephedrone (MCAT) in recent years in Bracknell Forest compared with neighbouring local authority areas.
“There has not been an identified link to acquisitive crime.
“However, the lifestyle of users would suggest some sort of criminal activity would be necessary to pay for consumption.
“This may include sex working and other offending which may be placing young people at risk.”
However, despite the rise in drug misuse Cllr Bettison praised the work of the Community Safety Partnership, which brings together Bracknell Forest Council, Thames Valley Police, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and NHS Berkshire East.
He added: “We are focused on maintaining the reduced crime rate.
“It’s only through our continuing hard work that we manage to keep the crime rate so enviably low.
“We work very hard to ensure crime does not happen.”