North Wales Police take seriously the issues of drug and alcohol
misuse and are determined to tackle the negative behaviours which
Most people know that drinking too much alcohol and taking
illegal drugs can damage the health of the individual, and also
have a big impact on their families and communities.
Over consumption of alcohol is often linked to anti-social
behaviour; fights, vandalism and rowdy behaviour particularly
around pubs, clubs and takeaways. The use of illegal drugs can lead
to crimes such as burglary, theft and violence.
Follow the links below for information on a range
of illegal drugs (plus cigarettes and alcohol), the effects
such substances may have on the user, and who to
contact for further advice or help.
Alcohol is found in drinks like beer, lager,
alco-pop, cider, wine and spirits and is measured as a percentage
(%) of the drink. BEWARE: The higher the %, the stronger the
The street name for amphetamine is
Like cocaine, it is a stimulant that people take to keep them
awake and alert. It’s Britain’s least pure illegal drug.
The most widely used illegal drug in
Britain. It’s a naturally occurring drug made from parts of the
cannabis plant. It’s a mild hallucinogen and often gives sedative
like effects that make some people feel chilled out and others feel
sick. It’s not very expensive and widely available.
Cigarettes contain tobacco (dried leaves of
tobacco plants) and tobacco contains the drug nicotine, which is
highly addictive. When you begin to smoke tobacco, it can be very
difficult to stop.
Coke is a white powder that’s usually
divided into lines on a smooth surface and snorted up the nose.
A rock of crack is about the size of a
raisin and is white/creamy coloured. It is usually smoked in a
pipe, glass tube, plastic bottle or in foil. Most people take it
this way and it is known as 'freebasing'. Crack is occasionally
Mephedrone is a stimulant drug and is often
a crystal-like powder. The colour can vary from white to yellow to
brown. It is usually snorted like cocaine or swallowed or ‘bombed’
in wraps of paper. It can be smoked and in rare cases may be
injected. It can also come in capsules and pills.
Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline
North Wales Drugs & Alcohol Information
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