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Heroin Users Turn To Readily Available MCAT

Thursday March 14 2013

HEROIN users in Barnsley are injecting MCAT instead because it's more available, according to a drug charity.

James Pierce, of the harm reduction team at Addaction, said there had been a switch to heroin users experimenting with the former 'legal high', which was made illegal in 2010.

It comes after it was announced by police that two-thirds of all seizures of MCAT in the county last year were made in Barnsley.

Of the 252kg of the plant fertiliser-based drug recovered, 161kg came from Barnsley.

James said: "The increase is generally down to availability and the perceived low strength of other street drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and heroin."

"Police seizure figures for Barnsley show there are large amounts of mephedrone (MCAT) available and this has led to high levels of use," he added.

But James also said there was a decline in the number of people using heroin and could perhaps be down to successful treatment and people choosing not to use drugs.

"There is an ageing population of heroin users. We don't see many young people using heroin, which is really positive."

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Reply Posted by Mark bailey on Thursday March 14 2013 at 11:51
It doesnt come as a shock that barnsley is the mcat capital. Just take a look around our streets and town its full of drug users. Alot of people from barnsley dont want to work and some cant find work. This town is in a mess and will just get worse. Im proud to be a barnsley man but not proud of the mess this place is in.

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday March 14 2013 at 16:55
Smak Rats !

Reply Posted by me on Saturday March 16 2013 at 21:07
Its not just barnsley it everywhere in the uk its time something was done.I av experience of the knock on effect these drugs have on families and friends and personally if given the chance i wud luv to be in a line up with a gun and shoot all the fekin dealers out there i wouldnt bat an eyelid

Reply Posted by MICK on Saturday March 16 2013 at 22:20
Well said

Reply Posted by Dave on Saturday March 16 2013 at 21:14
People are always going to do drugs, we should be thankful that most of the young people are only doing MCAT - it's pretty tame stuff in comparison Heroin etc and probably much less harmful than alcohol.

The only reason loads of it has been found in Barnsley is because the police have been actively looking for it here, it doesn't necessarily mean Barnsley has a bigger problem with it than other parts of the country.

Reply Posted by tarn on Saturday March 16 2013 at 21:41
Dave you moron mcat is far worse than alcohol,your probly one of the low life's sniffing it everyday

Reply Posted by Lee on Saturday March 16 2013 at 22:05
I understand everyone has there own views and opinions but remember there somebody's sons daughters grand kids mums dads brothers sisters n friends, trust me if it was one of yours you wouldn't say those things. And by the way injecting Mcat was introduced by a non smack head. Small minded uneducated people find something else to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!