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A to Z of Drugs and the Law

Committing an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) can lead to prosecution. This is dependent on the category given to that specific drug. Illegal drugs are placed into one of 3 classifications - A, B or C. This is broadly based on the harm they cause either to the user or to society when they are misused. The class into which a drug is placed will determine the maximum penalty for an offence involving the drug. For example, Class A drugs attract the most severe penalty as they are considered likely to cause the most serious harm. Drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act are illegal to have, produce, give away or sell.

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