Class A drugs are the most serious drugs classification in the UK, and severe sentences come with possession or supply of them. The minimum punishment for possession of Class A drugs is up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. The minimum sentence for producing or supplying Class A drugs is up to life in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Cocaine appears as a fine white powder and is one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs in the world. It is most commonly snorted through the nose but can also be smoked as crack cocaine or even injected.
Cocaine tends to make users excited and energetic, but causes serious heart issues and paranoia. For more information on cocaine addiction and how we can help, please check out our Cocaine Addiction page.
MDMA is a white crystallized powder, and ecstasy is sold in pills which usually contain MDMA but often with other active ingredients. MDMA is most commonly taken as a ‘bomb’ which means to wrap it in a cigarette paper and take it like a tablet.
Both typically result in a feeling of happiness and euphoria, along with affectionate feelings of love. However they can also cause paranoia, anxiety and confusion. A major danger with ecstasy pills is also that you don’t necessarily know what they contain, which could be dangerous mixes of MDMA and other drugs that can cause unexpected and unwanted side effects.
LSD is a chemical hallucinogen that can be sold as a liquid, small pellets, or a small square of paper (“a tab”). It is most often taken by swallowing and causes extreme hallucinations that can last for several hours.
While there is no evidence that LSD causes physical harm or can be addictive, it can seriously exacerbate mental health problems and there is also a constantly present risk of causing physical harm to yourself while hallucinating.
Magic mushrooms are wild mushrooms that looks extremely similar to some poisonous mushrooms. Because of this, it is extremely risky to pick them yourself without an expert and many people have died from consuming poisonous mushrooms they assumed were magic mushrooms.
Mushrooms are typically eaten raw or boiled into a tea, and the symptoms include vision being more colourful, being giggly, euphoric, or in awe at the world, and even mild hallucinations when larger amounts are consumed. It can also cause less pleasant side effects like vomiting, paranoia, a sense of being overwhelmed or even panic attacks.
Methadone is a synthetic opiate that is often used to help people wean themselves off heroin. This prescription form comes as a green liquid, but it is also available on the street as pills or injectable fluids. Methadone slows down body functions and reduces pain, relieves anxiety and can even cause feelings of relaxation and warmth.
It is because of these side effects that it is so effective in overcoming the symptoms of heroin withdrawal. Unfortunately, it is extremely dangerous itself and taking too much can lead to comas, exhaustion or even death. It is also extremely addictive meaning taking it for any reason other than to aid a heroin addiction is never a good idea.
Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)
Methamphetamine, like all amphetamines, is a stimulant. It can come as tablets, powder or crystals, with the crystals being smokeable and often called “crystal meth”. Crystal meth creates an intense sense of euphoria similar to crack cocaine, but lasts a lot longer. It tends to make users exhilarated, energetic and awake, but can also make them agitated paranoid and confused.
Meth or methamphetamine is extremely addictive and can cause lifelong problems if not tackled by an experienced healthcare or rehab professional.
If you have been affected by any of the drugs here, please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately as we offer free advice and phone consultations for drug addiction and you never need to fight such difficult battles alone.
We understand that taking the decision to commit to rehab can be difficult, you can schedule a tour of one your local rehab centers to see the available facilities, resources and environment. This can help you with taking the first steps towards your rehabilitation