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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 using drugs.


The below is a list of items that may indicate someone is using drugs:

  • 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 call 101.


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.


The Law

Visit the Government website to find out about the law and penalties concerning possession and supply of drugs.