CLASS A Drugs
Possession of Class A drugs can result in 7 years
in prison plus unlimited fine.
Possession with intent to supply can result in a
Life sentence plus unlimited fine.
Ecstasy is a Class A drug,
based on MDMA. However most Ecstasy pills contain very little MDMA,
MDA or any other members of that chemical family- dealers invariably
bulk out the pills and powder with a wide range of household and other
products, many of which are not designed to be taken by humans. This
has been reflected in the price drop- pills that used to cost £15-20
are now going for £2.50. Deaths while on E can be attributed to a
wide range of causes- dehydration (not drinking enough water);
drinking too much can also kill, because E affects how kidneys process
liquid; allergic reaction to the drug or something that it has been
cut with; heart failure and so on. Ecstasy is decreasing in
popularity, and is no longer seen as the cool designer drug it was
once promoted as.
Cocaine is growing in
popularity due a decrease in price. However when drugs get cheaper it
means they are being bulked out with other substances, so the dealer
gets more money for the same amount of Cocaine. It is a Class A drug,
very addictive and deaths by overdose can be common.
Crack is derived from
Cocaine, which has been turned into freebase then treated to form
little "rocks". It is more addictive than Cocaine, and it's
effects last for a shorter period of time. It is smoked in either a
joint or a pipe. Crack was blamed for a lot of the social problems in
the USA from the late 1970s through due to its destructive and
addictive nature. It is a Class A drug and still relatively rare
in Northern Ireland, although there has been some increase in usage.
Heroin (diamorphine) is an
analgesic (painkiller) derived from Opium, which in turn comes from
the poppy. It is a highly addictive Class A drug with a wide range of
side effects. It is very easy to overdose on, particularly as users
can never be sure of the purity of it- too pure heroin will kill a
user. There are also other dangers, particularly associated with the
use of needles such as infections and, if syringes are shared, the
passing on of blood bourn diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis . Heroin
can also kill because it affect the part of the brain that controls
breathing and other vital functions meaning users can die from not
being able to breathe.
is a term used to describe different types of fungus that can have
hallucinogenic qualities- that is the users sees and/ or hears things
that are not there or it affects how they perceive the world around
them. They are Class A drugs and can be found growing naturally at
certain times of the year. The biggest danger is picking the wrong
type and being poisoned, since it is difficult to tell fungi apart. As
with all hallucinogens there is also a very real possibility of
triggering off mental health issues.
Methamphetamine is a very
addictive Class A drug that is blamed for many social problems,
particularly in the US. It is growing in popularity in the UK and
Ireland, but it is still very much unknown. It is more addictive than
crack and can cause many short and long term problems ranging from
paranoia, mood swings and other mental health issues through to weight
and tooth loss. While it can be manufactured with some simple
ingredients and kitchen implements, it is highly volatile and can
result in an explosion, and this has claimed lives.
For more info on any of
these contact TIPSA
Gortalowry House Ltd., 94
Church St., Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 8HX.
Tel: 028 8676 3388
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