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LONDON—It has been linked to the death of a 14-year-old schoolgirl and caused another teenager to mutilate himself, but the substance nicknamed "meow meow" is still freely available on U.K.-based Web sites.

Owing to a loophole in the law, the drug mephedrone is legal to sell as long as it is marketed as "plant food."

However, suppliers often deliver the powdered drug within 24 hours to their online customers—along with a fake bank note through which the substance can be snorted.

"We sell this purely for botanical use only," a sales agent for one supplier insisted.

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It is just one of a number of other so-called designer drugs or legal highs, which have inundated the U.K. market in recent years, and which the government is now trying hard to counter.

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Many of the legal highs, which have been introduced to the U.K. of late, have been developed in laboratories in China.
One supplier interviewed by the Sunday Telegraph last year said that the drug had been sold in bulk.

“We started off buying mephedrone in bulk from other Web sites,” the supplier was quoted as saying. “Then we found a Chinese company that offered to supply us.

"We buy it in bulk from them at a cost of around £2,500 (US$3,743) a kilogram (2.2 pounds) and they ship it over—usually within three to five days."
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