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Class Act

Key Fact

What is a drug?

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

PC Warner’s Advice

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Top Tips


  • Taking illegal drugs is dangerous as there is no guarantee of the contents. People have bought drugs and found that the tablets contained dog worming powder, brick dust, and other substances.
  • Friends that encourage you to take drugs are not your real friends.
  • Prescribed medicines can help you get well, but exceeding the dosage or taking someone else’s is dangerous.
  • If someone you know is taking drugs, tell a trusted adult or encourage them to talk to someone. If they can't talk to their mum or dad, there might be another relative they can talk to, or perhaps a teacher they trust.
  • 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.

Drug classifications

Illegal drugs are divided into 3 classes: A, B and C. The maximum penalties are:

Drugs Class Possession Intent to Supply Supply
Anabolic Steroids, Tranquilisers C 2 Years 14 Years and Fine 14 Years and Fine
Amphetamines (powder or tablets), Barbiturates, Cannabis B 5 Years 14 Years and Fine 14 Years and Fine
Cocaine, Crack, Ecstasy, Heroin, LSD, Magic Mushrooms, Amphetamines (injected) A 7 Years Life in prison and Fine Life in prison and Fine


Your school police officer is here to help you understand the laws governing drug use or misuse.

Question and Answer

Question: What does being caught in possession mean?
Answer: This means you are caught with a small amount of drugs on you for personal use.
Question: What is the difference between intent to supply and supply?

Intent to supply means having larger amounts on you which you plan to give or sell to other people. Supply means actually selling or giving away illegal drugs.

Question: What effect can a drug conviction have on my future?
  • It may discourage employers from employing you.
  • You can’t work with children.
  • You can’t go abroad to many countries.
  • In future, it may be difficult to get car and home insurance.

Drugs Information Alphabet

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.

For help about drugs, phone Dan 24/7 on

0808 808 2234

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Calls from mobiles may be charged depending on your network.

If you need to report a crime, call CrimeStoppers on

0800 555 111

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