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Drugs misuse

Guidance and useful contacts for people affected by drugs.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, it is an offence to:

  • Unlawfully possess a controlled substance
  • Possess a controlled substance with the intent to supply it
  • Supply or offer to supply a controlled drug
  • Allow a property to be used by people taking drugs.

If you are concerned about drug use or drug dealing in your area, contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers (if you wish to stay anonymous) on 0800 555 111.

Drugs and young people

If your child is taking drugs, you may notice changes in their behaviour, such as sudden mood swings, bad temper and aggressiveness, loss of appetite etc. The dangers they face are from accidents while intoxicated, accidental overdose or becoming addicted. Drugs also have side-effects which include hallucinations, mental and emotional disorders, infections, sores, blood poisoning, and other illnesses.

Drugs can also be fatal.


Found in products like aerosols, glue, lighter fuel, paint and petrol. When their vapours are inhaled, they can depress breathing and heart rate, and can cause disorientation and unconsciousness, similar affects to alcohol.

Solvent abuse can cause death through suffocation, or from fright or exertion through the effect it has on the heart.

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