The supply and possession of some drugs is illegal and punishable by law.  Misuse of drugs can lead to health risks or even be fatal.  It can also lead an individual into other forms of crime and cause harm and disruption in local communities through anti-social behaviour and even violence.

Classes of drugs

Drugs are divided into one of 3 ‘classes’ – A, B and C – based on the harm they cause to individuals and society.

Class A

  • includes: crack cocaine, cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms, methadone, methamphetamine (crystal meth).
  • possession: up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
  • supply and production: up to life in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

Class B

  • includes: amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis, codeine, ketamine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (eg mephedrone, methoxetamine).
  • possession: up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
  • supply and production: up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

Class C

  • includes: anabolic steroids, benzodiazepines (diazepam), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), piperazines (BZP).
  • possession: up to 2 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
  • supply and production: up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. 

Legal highs

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) or legal highs are drugs made from new, unknown, untested chemicals.  Although classed as legal and termed ‘legal highs’, you should not consider them safe to consume.  Their effects can be unpredictable and dangerous.  Some products even state they are not for human consumption.

Their legal status is due to them containing brand new chemicals that have not undergone proper or any research.  Because of this, it is not known whether they are safe or harmful to consume.  Some former legal highs can be as harmful as illegal drugs and are now classified as such.

Legal highs are easy to buy on the internet and in ‘head shops’.  They have many different names and come in a range of forms such as herbal incense, plant food and bath salts.

They also contain similar chemicals to those found in illegal drugs including amphetamines, MDMA and cannabis. In some cases, legal highs do contain illegal drugs.

Legal highs can affect brain function like any other drugs and can cause a variety of health problems and side effects.  This can include:

  • racing heart rates
  • reduced inhibitions
  • drowsiness
  • headaches
  • panic and paranoia
  • comas and seizures
  • unconsciousness

In the most serious cases, they can also result in death.

Along with Lincolnshire Trading Standards we monitor the activities in the Lincolnshire area.  

Report it

Dealing and taking illegal drugs

If you suspect someone is dealing drugs or taking illegal drugs, call us on 101, report it online or visit your local police station.  You can report anonymously to your local policing team who will treat the information in the strictest confidence.


You can also report to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Syringes and needles

If you find a syringe or needle, do not touch it or move it.  Contact your local authority who will send someone to remove it.

More help and support

If you need support with drug or alcohol addiction, or know somebody who needs support, these services can help.

Or you can contact your doctor who will be able to offer advice and referral to suitable help and support.  


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