The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is the main legislation covering drugs. It puts drug into different categories, known as Class A, B and C. Drugs regulated in this way are known as 'controlled' substances. Class A drugs are those considered to be the most harmful.

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

  • possess a controlled substance
  • possess a controlled substance with the intent to supply
  • unlawfully supply a controlled drug (even when there's no charge made for the drug)
  • allow premises you occupy or manage to be used for the purpose of drug taking

Find out more about recognising drugs and drug taking.

You can help by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any information about drug dealers. Crimestoppers gathers intelligence and passes it to the police to help arrest and charge criminals. For more information visit the Crimestoppers website.

Talk to Frank

The Frank helpline provides free, confidential advice, counselling and referral to specialist services 24 hours a day. The Talk to Frank website also has a facility for finding organisations in your local area that can help you.