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Health Minister Lesley Griffiths says she does not consider mephedrone use 'a huge problem' in Wales.
But she added that educating people about it now will raise awareness of the dangers and help prevent people trying the substance in future.
A campaign has been launched today to highlight the dangers of using the banned substance mephedrone.
It is estimated that more than 134,000 youngsters aged 16 to 24 have tried the formerly legal high, commonly known as 'meow meow'.
Cardiff bar manager Sian Hills told ITV Wales people that people often underestimate the power of the drug.
The Health Minister will launch a campaign later today to highlight the dangers of using the banned substance mephedrone. Commonly called 'meow meow' or 'miaow miaow', it is estimated that three-hundred thousand young people in the UK used the drug last year.
The drug - which is described as a mix between amphetamines, cocaine and ecstasy - can cause heart palpitations, paranoia, vomiting, agitation, fits, suicidal thoughts and depression. In Wrexham a new drop in centre opens this morning due to "increased demand" from drug users.