Coroner warns of Meow Meow effects after death of youngsters

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A CORONER has warned about the link between suicides and party drug Meow Meow after two youngsters who hanged themselves were found to have taken the drug.

The bodies of Christopher Harrington, 19, and Kieran Kenny, 20, were found in woodland near the Brockwell Centre in Cramlington, on July 27 last year.

The inquest into their deaths today in Ashington heard how John Holmes had been out walking his dog when he found the boys.

A toxicology report on the friends revealed how both had taken the party drug Mephedrone, also known as Meow Meow, and they both had a quantity of alcohol in their systems.

Assistant deputy coroner for Northumberland Paul Dunn said: “I have a responsibility to the wider public to warn them of the risks involved in taking this particular drug.

“In the first six months of 2010 one forensic company had seen a number of cases of suspected suicide where there was a use of Mephedrone.

“In total 50 per cent of cases fell into that category.

“This has raised concerns that the comedown following the use of this drug is more prounounced than with other stimulants.

“There is growing evidence to suggest that Mephedrone can cause suicidal tendencies, and awareness of this is needed.

“There is no evidence to suggest that the drug had an influence on the decision that they made on that occasion and it appears quite clear from the notes that they have left that both boys had contemplated this for a little while.”

A post mortem revealed the Cramlington Learning Village pupils died as a result of hanging.

A verdict of suicide was recorded.

Kieran’s father Paul McConaghy said: “We will never know what happened until we meet them again.”