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Rue The Day

Key Fact

What is a drug?

A drug is something that changes the way your mind and body works.

PC Mudie’s Advice

PC Mudie’s Advice

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Top Tips


  • There is no guarantee of the contents of illegal drugs. People have bought drugs and found that the tablets contained rat poison, talcum powder, brick dust and other substances.
  • Friends that encourage you to take drugs are putting your future in danger.
  • A drug conviction can reduce your job prospects, stop you working with children, prevents you travelling to some foreign countries, and will have repercussions for you, your family and friends. It could affect your self respect, health, reputation, and freedom, and could cost you your friends
  • Ring Dan 24/7. They can give you confidential information and advice over the phone. It's free, and it's open 24 hours a day.

Things to Make You Think!

PC Jones says:

Being caught with drugs is a serious offence.

A drug conviction stays with you for life.

If you are caught with drugs and you are between 10 and 17 years of age (inclusive) and admit to the offence:

  • the first time you will be given at least a reprimand;
  • the second time you will receive a final warning;
  • on the third offence you will be charged.

However the penalty will vary with the severity of the offence: the drug class, and whether it is possession or supply.


Your school police officer is here to help you understand the legal process and consequences of substance misuse, and the effect it can have on your future.

Question and Answer

Question: Can police officers stop and search me at any time?
Answer: Yes, if they are suspicious that you are carrying drugs, weapons, or stolen goods they have the right to stop and search you.
Question: Where can I go for help locally?
Answer: Information on local support agencies can be found in the teacher section under the heading help lines.
Question: What is the difference between possession and supply?
Answer: Possession means being caught with a small amount of drugs on you for personal use, while supply is actually selling or giving away illegal drugs.

Drugs Information Alphabet

For help about drugs, phone Dan 24/7 on

0808 808 2234

Calls are free from most landlines.

Calls from mobiles may be charged depending on your network.

If you need help, phone ChildLine on

0800 1111

Calls are free from most mobiles and landlines.

Your call will not show up on the bill.

If you need to report a crime, call CrimeStoppers on

0800 555 111

Calls are free from most landlines.

Calls from mobiles may be charged depending on your network.