Controlled drugs are classed according to their relative degree of overall harm from misuse. To classify drugs, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) considers scientific evidence on medical and social harms and risks. A drug or other substance is tightly controlled by the Government because it may be abused or cause addiction.
There are three classes of controlled drugs and the class of drugs a person is caught possessing, supplying or producing affects the severity of the offence.
Class A drugs are treated as the most dangerous, a prosecution is usual when a case involves the possession of Class A drugs.
The types of Class A drugs include:
- Magic mushrooms.
Class B drugs are seen as dangerous substances but perhaps not as harmful as Class A drugs.
The types of Class B drugs include:
- GHB (sometimes referred to as a date rare drug).
Class C drugs are a category of controlled drugs under the UK Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 that are seen to be the least harmful of substances to people, but still attract long prison sentences if found guilty in course, even for possession.
The types of Class C drugs include:
- Anabolic steroids.