'I got hooked on mephedrone: stay away from it' - Tredegar man

South Wales Argus: DRUG STORY: Jack Sexton of Tredegar who got hooked on miaow miaow and says the drug “ruined my life” DRUG STORY: Jack Sexton of Tredegar who got hooked on miaow miaow and says the drug “ruined my life”

A YOUNG man who made £500 a night selling mephedrone, or miaow miaow, says it “ruined” his life when he became hooked on it - and is speaking out to warn others not to take it.

Jack Sexton, now 20, told the Argus he began dealing the then legal synthetic drug aged 16 when it first started to appear in Brynmawr and Tredegar and was a legal high. Not a user at first, finding the effects were too strong for him, he sold the then 'legal high' on in pubs and to regular customers.

Mr Sexton, from Sirhowy, Tredegar, said: “I’d make £500 on a Friday and Saturday night. At two or three in the morning when I got home from the pub there would be people waking me up, coming all the way from Rhymney, Ebbw Vale, Brynmawr, coming from everywhere just to get stuff off me. It was crazy. It went from that to having nothing, not enough to go and get yourself a pint of milk.”

At 18, he became addicted to the Class B mephedrone, which became illegal in 2010. “When I started using it myself, then I seen all the terrible effects – what I’d been doing to people,“ Mr Sexton said.

He described how his life unravelled: “I had about £2,500 in the bank, I had brand new clothes, I had everything I needed. I had one line of that and within three to four months I had nothing. All my money had run out on drink and drugs. I was thirteen stone and I went down to nine stone.

“I didn’t wash, I didn’t eat, I was just up for days in the same clothes walking about parties and that. It’ll turn you dirty, into something you’re not. All I thought about was that drug.”

Trying to get clean was so difficult, he said, because “it’s about everywhere, no matter where you go. Go to a pub it’s in the pub, go down the street they’re offering up in the street.”

Estimating only 10 per cent of his peers at school weren’t users, he said: “I think it makes you mentally ill. If I didn’t have none, all I wanted to do was die. It’s completely crazy how it’ll turn you. You can wake up in the morning, not have no drugs or nothing and you can be happy with your life. Then you have a couple of lines of that and you think, “ah this is brilliant”. Then when you come around in the morning you just don’t want to talk to no-one. In the daytime I wouldn’t go out, I wouldn’t go outside. I’d have all my blinds closed, I’d just sit there sniffing drugs and that. I was a recluse weirdo. “

Now clean of the drug, Mr Sexton wants to speak out to deter others from trying the drug: “Because I’m not even 21 yet and I feel like my life is ruined. When you’re on the drug you end up stealing off people for money to fund your habit. Then when you do get clean and get off it nobody trusts you anymore. You’re on your own.

“If I can change one life out of 100,000, stop one young kid taking that miaow, I would.”

The use of the drug in Gwent was investigated in a special series of articles in the Argus in 2013.

Mephedrone addiction is explored in an hour long drama ‘The Good Drug Dealer’, filmed in Tredegar, which premiered at the Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr on January 16.

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8:31pm Mon 20 Jan 14

HaydnT2000 says...

A very brave young man to come out to talk about it, to help others
A very brave young man to come out to talk about it, to help others HaydnT2000
  • Score: 18

9:28pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Brrup! says...

Hmmmm, I hope he apologises for all those crimes above he says he committed. Probably made peoples lives hell! However, he does sound like an industrious young lad, hopefully he'll use his business sense and do something useful for the town!!!
Hmmmm, I hope he apologises for all those crimes above he says he committed. Probably made peoples lives hell! However, he does sound like an industrious young lad, hopefully he'll use his business sense and do something useful for the town!!! Brrup!
  • Score: 4

10:19pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Dee-Gee says...

I can't help thinking that the problem here is drug use in general, not mephedrone in specific. You could rewrite this story replacing mephedrone with pretty much any drug name.
I can't help thinking that the problem here is drug use in general, not mephedrone in specific. You could rewrite this story replacing mephedrone with pretty much any drug name. Dee-Gee
  • Score: 6

9:43am Tue 21 Jan 14

sanny123 says...

mephedrone use is out of control in the valleys,the police seem to do nothing about it , yet everyone knows who the dealers are,it is ruinning lifes young and old,it is passed around like sweets up here and gwent police just turn a blind eye.
mephedrone use is out of control in the valleys,the police seem to do nothing about it , yet everyone knows who the dealers are,it is ruinning lifes young and old,it is passed around like sweets up here and gwent police just turn a blind eye. sanny123
  • Score: 11

12:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

There is an argument that the rise in mephedrone use is directly linked to the prohibition of cannabis use.

At the time, mephedrone was a "legal high" leading many young people to wrongly believe it to be relatively harmless. Meanwhile, a drug which has been shown to be safe for the vast majority of people is a banned substance.

If cannabis had been legally available, with appropriate limits and monitoring, then there simply wouldn't be the demand for many of these other substances.
There is an argument that the rise in mephedrone use is directly linked to the prohibition of cannabis use. At the time, mephedrone was a "legal high" leading many young people to wrongly believe it to be relatively harmless. Meanwhile, a drug which has been shown to be safe for the vast majority of people is a banned substance. If cannabis had been legally available, with appropriate limits and monitoring, then there simply wouldn't be the demand for many of these other substances. _Bryan_
  • Score: 7

11:34am Thu 23 Jan 14

ncfcr says...

_Bryan_ wrote:
There is an argument that the rise in mephedrone use is directly linked to the prohibition of cannabis use.

At the time, mephedrone was a "legal high" leading many young people to wrongly believe it to be relatively harmless. Meanwhile, a drug which has been shown to be safe for the vast majority of people is a banned substance.

If cannabis had been legally available, with appropriate limits and monitoring, then there simply wouldn't be the demand for many of these other substances.
I don't agree with that. Sticking stuff up your nose is hardly a substitute for relaxing with a smoke.

One is an upper, one a downer. I fail to see how the two can be linked. People take this stuff because they want to feel energised and party, not because they want to chill out in the living room and have a giggle.
[quote][p][bold]_Bryan_[/bold] wrote: There is an argument that the rise in mephedrone use is directly linked to the prohibition of cannabis use. At the time, mephedrone was a "legal high" leading many young people to wrongly believe it to be relatively harmless. Meanwhile, a drug which has been shown to be safe for the vast majority of people is a banned substance. If cannabis had been legally available, with appropriate limits and monitoring, then there simply wouldn't be the demand for many of these other substances.[/p][/quote]I don't agree with that. Sticking stuff up your nose is hardly a substitute for relaxing with a smoke. One is an upper, one a downer. I fail to see how the two can be linked. People take this stuff because they want to feel energised and party, not because they want to chill out in the living room and have a giggle. ncfcr
  • Score: -1

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