Drugs

Some drugs are legal and are prescribed by doctors, but some are illegal and potentially dangerous if consumed. If you don't know the facts, then its good to be aware.

The Law

You can get a fine or prison sentence if you take, carry, make or sell drugs or psychoactive substances. The penalties depend on the drug and the amount you have, and whether you’re also dealing or producing the drug.

Class A - Crack cocaine, cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms, methadone, methamphetamine (crystal meth)

Class B - Amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis, codeine, ketamine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (eg mephedrone, methoxetamine)

Class C - Anabolic steroids, benzodiazepines (diazepam), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), piperazines (BZP), khat

Possession

You may be charged with possessing an illegal substance if you’re caught with drugs, whether they’re yours or not.

Dealing

The penalty is likely to be more severe if you are found to be supplying or dealing drugs. Sharing drugs is also considered supplying.

Alcohol

 It is also an offence for a vendor to knowingly sell alcohol to an under 18 year old and to buy alcohol when under 18.

Tobacco

It is an offence for a vendor to sell tobacco products to someone they know to be under 18 years old.

ADVICE

FRANK is a national drug education service jointly established by the Department of Health and Home Office of the British government in 2003. It is intended to reduce the use of both legal and illegal drugs by educating teenagers and adolescents about the potential effects of drugs.

If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem. With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.

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Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) provides free, confidential treatment and support across Somerset to anyone, of any age, who is experiencing difficulties with their substance use or is affected by someone else's. 

Motiv8 is a substance misuse service for young people aged 11-18 in Wiltshire. We provide advice, guidance and one-to-one sessions for young people who are having problems with drugs and/or alcohol. The service is free and confidential, and we aim to provide a flexible and non-judgemental space for young people to be open about the problems they are facing.

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Young Minds offer support for alcohol and drug misuse, as well as smoking. Their website features a number of helplines tailored for you. Click the link to access help and advice.

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