Presentation on theme: "The law and drugs – Section 3. What is a drug? A drug can be: Any substance used in the composition of medicine or A substance used to stupefy or poison."— Presentation transcript:
In law drugs are either Uncontrolled drugs or Controlled drugs What is the difference?
Uncontrolled Drugs Drugs and medicines that are freely available without prescription e.g. aspirin and paracetamol
Controlled Drugs Drugs that can only be lawfully obtained under medical supervision e.g. in a hospital or prescribed by a doctor
Under the Misuse of Drugs Act If you possess or use a controlled drug without it being prescribed then you are guilty of an offence: The unlawful possession of a controlled drug Possession of a controlled substance with intent to supply it Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug (even where no charge is made for the drug) Allowing premises you occupy or manage to be used for the purpose of drug taking
Classification Controlled drugs are classified as: Class A Class B Class C
Class A These include: cocaine, heroin, ecstacy, LSD, Temazepan Penalties for possession: Up to seven years in prison, an unlimited fine or both Penalties for dealing: Up to life in prison, an unlimited fine or both
Class B drugs These include: amphetamines, speed, barbiturates. Penalties for possession: Up to five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both Penalties for dealing: Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both
Class C drugs Drugs in this category include: cannabis, tranquillisers, valium, anabolic steroids Penalties for possession: Up to two years in prison, an unlimited fine or both Penalties for dealing: Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both
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