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Is a stimulant with powerful, short-lived effects that can be highly addictive. ‘Coke’ or cocaine powder is usually divided into lines and snorted. ‘Crack’ and ‘Freebase’ is a form of cocaine made into small lumps or rocks that are usually smoked.
For powder cocaine: coke, Charlie, C, white, Percy, sow, toot.
For crack: rocks, was, stones, pebbles, base, freebase.
Cocaine and crack are Class A drugs – illegal to have, give away or sell.
Risk of overdosing increases if cocaine is mixed with alcohol.
Death from overdoses through convulsions and respiratory or heart failure, also anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, heart seizures, decreased sex drive, serious mental health problems and risk of HIV and hepatitis virus infections.
Heroin and opiates
A natural opiate made from morphine extracted from the opium poppy. Like many drugs made from opium, including synthetic opioids (for example methadone) heroin is a very strong painkiller.
Brown, skag, H, horse, gear, smack.
Heroin is a class A drug. Possession can lead to a 7-year prison sentence and supplying can lead to a life sentence, both with unlimited fines.
The first dose of heroin can bring about dizziness and vomiting.
Death from overdoses, convulsions, heart failure, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, heart seizures, decreased sex drive, serious mental health problems and risk of HIV and hepatitis virus infections.
Made from parts of the cannabis plant, it’s a naturally occurring sedative and hallucinogen.
Blow, blunts, dope, draw, ganja, grass, hash, hashish, hemp, herb, marijuana, pot, puff, sensi, shit, skunk, smoke, soap, spliff, wacky backy, weed.
It is an illegal Class B drug.
It’s the most widely used illegal drug in Britain.
Increasing evidence of a link between cannabis and mental health problems such as schizophrenia, reduced sperm count and suppressed ovulation, can cause lung disease, cancer and heart problems.
An addictive drug used for recreational purposes – and a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
Quat, qat, qaadka, and chat.
Its active substances, cathinone and cathine, are illegal Class C drugs.
Since 1980 the World Health Organisation listed khat as an addictive drug.
Oral cancer, kidney damage, liver damage, gum damage, high blood pressure, aggression, impotence, low sperm count, depression and mental illness.