Whatever your view is on drugs, they can be very dangerous to your health and CAN KILL.
The advice of Humberside Police is straightforward – DON’T TAKE DRUGS.
There is no ‘safe’ way to take drugs – there is always a risk.
The only way of staying safe is to avoid drugs altogether.
Some drugs will make you want to dance, acting as a stimulant to the mind and body (ecstasy (Es, MDMA), speed, crystal meth, cocaine) and some will make you go off into a world of your own (heroin, GHB, GBL, ketamine, magic mushrooms).
All are illegal (GBL will be illegal by the end of 2009) because they pose significant risks to a person or society and carry heavy penalties with them. When on drugs, people are more likely to become victims of crime and they don’t generally make the best decisions for themselves.
For more information on specific drugs, their risks and effects, talk to FRANK 0800 776600 – www.talktofrank.com
Using Cannabis (also known as weed)
Weed is seen as a harmless drug and there are people who go through their whole lives smoking it without a problem and without getting caught – but that doesn’t mean they’re right…
For more information on Cannabis and other Drugs you can also visit www.talktofrank.com.
Q. What is the law on cannabis?
A. Cannabis has been upgraded back to a Class B drug. For over-18s, possession of a small ‘personal quantity’ may lead to a ‘cannabis warning’ on a first occasion, rather than arrest, but the drug will be confiscated. If you are caught again you could face an on-the-spot fine or arrest.
Q. What’s so bad about a little smoke with friends?
A. In the eyes of the law, passing a spliff can be seen as dealing.
Q. I’ve always been told I can’t get hooked on cannabis – what are the health issues?
A. It’s common for users to become dependent on weed and then suffer withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, mood changes and appetite disturbance. Regular users can become demotivated and unsociable, get depressed and some suffer from mental health problems. Then there’s the smoking: cannabis, like tobacco, has lots of chemical ‘nasties’, which can cause lung disease and possibly cancer with long-term or heavy use.
Myth busting 1: Just a slap on the wrist?
A conviction for any kind of drug crime can mean suspension or expulsion from your studies and/or halls of residence. In some countries, such as the USA, a conviction for drugs may mean you’re not allowed into the country.
Myth busting 2: Amsterdam-style coffee shops are not legal in the UK, no matter what anyone tells you.
Myth busting 3: It is illegal to grow your own and you can be prosecuted with intent to supply if caught.
Reporting drug dealing
Drugs and drug related crime have a huge negative impact on our communities. We are committed to tackling the problems associated with drug use and drug dealing across Humberside and welcome any information you may have.
We would encourage anyone with information about drug dealling to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Drug dealers usually operate from busy locations to supply drugs to buyers. Things to look out for are:
- Increased traffic from cars and pedestrians that only stops for short periods.
- Activity or noise that is heavier at weekends, late at night or around paydays.
- People loitering around a property during periods of heavy traffic.
- People waiting in cars before or after visiting a property.
- People parking around the corner or a few streets away and approaching on foot.
- Money or parcels being exchanged through windows, letterboxes or under doors.
- Small packets being exchanged for money
- Debris including tin foil, small plastic bags, ‘wraps’, blister packs or syringes.
What support is available for drug misuse?
For support with drug misuse call local council.
North Lincolnshire Council:
North East Lincolnshire Council:
East Riding of Yorkshire Council:
Hull City Council: