A 19-year-old student allegedly stabbed his mother, and then severed his own penis after taking the party drug mephedrone, known on the streets as 'meow meow.'
The teenager was found hanging out of his bedroom window with blood gushing from his groin. After she was stabbed, the boy's mother dialed 911, and emergency services rushed to the house in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Both the boy and his mother were taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention and were said to have sustained life threatening injuries from the knife that was used. Surgeons at the hospital were able to re-attach the boy's penis, and his condition was described as stable.
A friend of the family told the well-known British tabloid publication, The Mirror, that the teenager had started experimenting with drugs while in college and had moved onto meow meow.
One of the family friends said: "He had come home from university for Christmas. It looks like he took mephedrone and completely flipped out attacking his mum and then himself. When the police arrived they found him hanging from a window and then discovered he had cut off his penis."
The police in England are of course investigating the incident, and it remains to be seen whether or not the teenager will be prosecuted for attacking his mother.
The incident raises serious questions about the type of recreational drugs being used by teenagers and children to have a good time. With the current move in many States towards the decriminalization and even legalization of soft drugs like marijuana, stronger drugs like meow meow are being brought under the spotlight.
It is considered one thing to smoke a joint at a party, but quite another to take drugs so strong that they cause this type of psychotic incident. One can only hope that drugs like meow meow will be removed from the recreational party scene as soon as possible.