Drugs can have a devastating impact on people’s lives. Not only
do they have harmful side effects, which can be fatal, they are
also illegal. We are committed to tackling drugs and take offences
regarding possession and supply very seriously.
Know the signs
Sudden changes in mood and behaviour, a deterioration in
personal appearance, friendships, and relationships, stealing or
money borrowing, are all signs that someone might be taking drugs.
Find out more about the signs someone is
The below is a list of items that may indicate someone is using
- Small plastic or elaborately folded paper wraps
- Aluminium foil wrappers, burnt foil spoons
- Vials, small bottles
- Hypodermic needles
- Unusual pills, powders or liquids in small quantities
- Herbal substances, solid or crumbly brown resin
- Glass pipes, smoking pipes, other smoking paraphernalia
'Cuckooing' is the term used for when drug dealers take over the
property of someone who is vulnerable and use it as a place from
which to operate their drugs supply business out of sight.
It's really important members of the public are alert to
cuckooing and watch out for vulnerable neighbours, as well as
reporting any concerns to police.
Find out more.
Help and advice
In an emergency you should always call 999. If you have
general information about drug taking in your community, you can
There are a number of organisations who can provide help and
support to people who take drugs, or who are affected by drug
crime. Find out more.
Visit the Government
website to find out about the law and penalties concerning
possession and supply of drugs.