Drug and Substance Abuse Index
What is a drug?
A drug is something that changes the way your mind or body works.
What does the term ‘drug classification’ mean?
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is the main legislation that categorises illegal drugs as Class A, B or C. These drugs are known as controlled substances, and Class A drugs are those considered to be the most harmful. Offences under the Act include:
- Possession of a controlled substance unlawfully.
- Possession of a controlled substance with intent to supply it.
- Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (even where no charge is made for the drug).
- Allowing premises you occupy or manage to be used unlawfully for the purpose of producing or supplying controlled drugs.
Each offence carries a different penalty.
Click on the class below to take you to the relevant page:
|Click below for information||Possession for personal use||Possession with intent to supply or supply||Seizure of Assets|
|Class A||Up to 7 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine||Up to life imprisonment and / or an unlimited fine||
If someone is caught making a profit from a crime, the Police can legally seize the criminal’s assets. e.g. house, bank account etc and the money is then often used for prevention work
|Class B||Up to 5 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine||Up to 14 years in prison and/ or an unlimited fine|
|Class C||Up to 2 years in prison and / or an unlimited||Up to 14 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine|