Former M-Cat addict joins campaign to warn of misery caused by drug
FRAIL and dangerously thin, teenager Jenna Sumner was so addicted to the drug M-Cat she could not move from the sofa.
Weighing just six stone, the once bubbly and happy girl had fallen into a "nightmare" – and there was nothing her loving family could do to help her.
After realising how addicted and sick she had become by her 17th birthday, Jenna turned her back on M-Cat and is now the picture of health.
She has joined the Grimsby Telegraph-fronted campaign to warn parents and young people alike about the misery M-Cat, or mephedrone, causes.
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Jenna said: "I will tell my story to anyone if it is going to help them never try it or stay off it.
"The drug is pathetic. It makes you paranoid, aggressive, argumentative and smelly, and you are just wasting away.
"When you look in the mirror, you don't see yourself.
"You can't see that you are an addict."
The high-profile anti-M-Cat campaign has been launched to highlight the "substantial" increase in youngsters becoming hooked on the illegal drug in North East Lincolnshire.
As reported, seven out of the ten secondary schools in the area said they are "aware" of pupils using mephedrone.
Within days of first experimenting with M-Cat, Jenna became addicted, quickly losing close friends because of her behaviour.
"You don't want to do anything with your life," she said. "You lose sight of everything around you."
For Jenna's mother, Kim, watching her literally disappear before her eyes was heartbreaking. "I am all cried out. There are no more tears left," she said.
"We just want other parents to realise what harm it can do and maybe save someone else from going through what we have been through.
"They need to look out for the change that happens to them. I was a bit blind to it – I thought it was just a teenage phase."
Jenna said: "M-Cat is gripping everyone and everywhere – it doesn't matter what class you come from.
"People should understand that it's not a certain 'type' of person or family – it is everywhere.
"I fear before long, we will see young people dropping like flies. Look out for the tell-tale signs. It could happen to your child."