A TEENAGER was hospitalised after allegedly taking the drug Mephedrone, police said today.

Gwent Police have not yet said when the 15-year-old from Cwmbran is said to have taken the drug, but confirmed he has now been discharged from hospital.

The force are warning others of the dangers of the Class B drug, also known as Meow Meow.

It was previously sold as a legal alternative to cocaine and amphetamine, but was it made illegal to posses or supply in April 2010.

It is a fine white, or off white, crystalised powder that makes users feel euphoric, very alert and talkative. But it can make some some users feel anxious and paranoid.

The long term side effects are still largely unknown, but the drug is very addictive.

Inspector Nick McLain, of Torfaen Local Policing Unit, said: "There are some serious side effects to using Meow Meow - these can include heart attack, seizures, sweating and paranoia.

"Apart from the health dangers, being caught in possession of meow meow could mean up to a five year jail sentence."

Anyone with information about drug dealing or possession should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.