Drugs

 

Illegal drugs are categorized under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The law puts legal and illegal drugs into three classes: A, B and C, according to the harm they can do to you.


See below how the most typical illegal drugs are classified:

 

Class A

 

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • LSD
  • Ecstasy
  • Injectable Amphetamines
  • Magic Mushrooms*
  • Any Class B drugs prepared for injection
*All forms of psilocybin 'magic' mushrooms are now Class A drugs.
 
 

Class B

 

  • Codeine
  • Dihydrocodeine (DF118)
  • Ritalin
  • Cannabis (Herbal, Resin, Oil)
  • Mephedrone
  • Naphyrone
  • Some other New Psychoactive Substances (formerly known as 'Legal Highs')

Class C

 

  • Some drugs without a valid prescription such as valium, steroids and rohypnol
  • GHB (Gammahydroxbutyrate)
  • Ketamine
  • Some other New Psychoactive Substances (formerly known as 'Legal Highs')

Maximum Penalties

 

 

Maximum Penalties for Drugs Offences
Offence Class A Class B Class C
Possession 7 years and/or a fine 5 years and/or a fine 2 years and/or a fine
Supply Life and/or a fine 14 years and/or a fine 14 years and/or a fine
Unlawful Production Life and/or a fine 14 years and/or a fine 14 years and/or a fine