Anguish of family as girl turns to drugs

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A WOMAN is warning of the dangers of drugs after her granddaughter become addicted to mephedrone at the age of just 14.

The woman said she had been “devastated” to find out that the teenager, who lives in Stamford, had become hooked.

The girl changed from a cheerful, easy going child into a secretive, angry teenager.

Now the grandmother is speaking out to warn other families and raise awareness that drugs are rife in Stamford.

She said: “These people are targeting vulnerable young girls from nice homes.

“It has happened with my granddaughter and it could happen with other people’s children and grandchildren.

“Drugs are rife in Stamford and someone has to look at the situation. If it helps just one person hearing our story, then it will be worthwhile.”

The woman has asked to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions for her granddaughter.

“She is clever, funny, she has got the world at her feet and she is absolutely everything to us,” she said.

“But she got involved with some rough people and her behaviour changed.

“She started not coming home at night and we couldn’t get hold of her when we called her on her mobile. At times she became someone we didn’t know.

“This has been an unbelievable shock for us. It really has been the saddest time.”

The woman said she was “incredibly close” to her granddaughter and said the change in her had been “bewildering” to watch.

The situation finally came to a head when the granddaughter admitted taking mephedrone, a powerful stimulant. The woman said: “I don’t have a clue about drugs. She could have been using anything. We always knew something wasn’t right, she is such a sensible girl. Now I don’t know what the future holds for her.

“She is okay at the moment and all we can do is pray that it doesn’t rear its ugly head again.”

The woman said she was “incredibly close” to her granddaughter and said the change in her had been “bewildering” to watch.

She called on police to act immediately if they received any information.

The woman said: “Please don’t ignore this terrible problem. We need to all stand together to fight it, not just sit back and allow it.”

Police spokesman James Newall said: “Drugs are available in Stamford but it is not a disproportionate amount and we are certainly not denying that you can’t buy all types of drugs in Stamford, as you can in all towns in the UK.

“It falls to parents and the police to make sure that young people are not dabbling in drugs and from our point of view, the really important thing is that information comes in from the community. If you suspect that drugs are being sold or have any information, then do please get in touch.

“The more information we get the more we can do to improve the situation.”

Factfile

Mephedrone hit the headlines in 2009 after the drug, which was known as meow meow and was legal at the time, was linked to a number of deaths. In April 2010, it was classified as a Class B drug. Possession can result in up to five years in prison and supplying can result in up to 14 years in prison, as well as an unlimited fine.

It is a powerful stimulant and can result in euphoria, alertness and feelings of affection towards the people around you and feelings of anxiety and paranoia. It can also overstimulate your heart and circulation and can overstimulate your nervous system, with risk of fits.