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Substance Misuse

Whatever your view is on drugs or NPS, they can be very dangerous to your health and CAN KILL.

If I have a drug conviction will it affect me in later life?
  • Having a drug conviction can prevent you getting a job, especially since employers can now request information about previous convictions.
  • Having a drug conviction can also stop you entering countries such as the USA, Australia, New Zealand and many others.
Can I be charged with being a dealer if I give a controlled drug to my friend?
  • Giving, selling or even sharing any controlled drug, such as an ecstasy tablet or cannabis, to or with a friend or anyone else is classed as supplying an illegal drug and this carries a stiffer penalty.
  • Even though you made no money, you are still supplying drugs.
What are the penalties for drug related offences?

Controlled drugs are classified as A, B or C depending upon how much harm they can cause to the user and to society generally. The most severe penalties relate to dealing or possessing Class A drugs, which includes drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – What are they?

NPS are often misleadingly referred to as ‘legal highs’, these substances are designed and produced to mimic the effects of drugs such as cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy but have been created so that their chemical structure is different enough to avoid being controlled under current drug laws.  They have not been tested on humans and are marketed as not for human consumption.

How can I keep myself safe?
  • There is no ‘safe’ way to take drugs or NPS – there is always a risk.
  • The only way of staying safe is to avoid drugs altogether.
  • If you think you could be pressurised into taking drugs, plan what you will say and do if you’re offered drugs before it happens.
  • Make an excuse not to be given the drug.
  • If you’re offered or given the drug then don’t take it.
  • Encourage any friend you’re with not to take the drug.
  • If you have taken a drug and feel unwell then seek urgent medical advice.
  • If you are a young person then tell someone responsible about what happened.

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