Alert over strong mephedrone drug in Bracknell Forest
Drugs counsellors in Berkshire are urging users of the illegal drug mephedrone to seek help after a strong batch was reported in the area.
Bracknell Forest Council said three people had come to its substance misuse service in the past week.
The authority had been alerted by users to the batch, which looks like crystals instead of the usual powder appearance.
Counsellors are concerned as users can become mentally addicted to the drug.
Drug and alcohol team manager Jillian Hunt said: "There is a low drug and alcohol abuse problem in Bracknell Forest generally.
"This drug can do untold damage to young lives. We have a team ready and available to help anyone who is taking the drug or is concerned about a friend or relative taking it. So if you have concerns please get in touch immediately."
Side effects of the drug include over stimulation of the heart and nervous system - which can cause fits, extreme weight loss and mental health problems.
The drug is also known as MCAT and meow meow.