Are ATS illegal?
Since there are lots of different types of ATS, there are differences in how they are dealt with by the law. However, the vast majority of ATS are illegal to have, give away or sell:
For example, crystal meth and 4-methylamphetamine are Class A drugs, mephedrone and the powder form of speed are Class B drugs, but when Class B drugs have been prepared for injection they become Class A drugs.
MPA is currently controlled under to a Temporary Class Drug Order (TCDO) and its status for further control is under review
The Psychoactive Substances Act, which is expected to come into force in Spring 2016, will make it an offence to produce, supply or import/export any psychoactive substance. So any ATS that isn’t currently illegal will come under this Act and the production, supply and importation of them (such as ordering from abroad online) will become illegal. Police will also have powers to seize when they find someone in possession of the substances.
The law for class A, B and C drugs is
- Possession of a Class A drug can get you up to 7 years in jail and an unlimited fine.
- Possession of a Class B drug can get you up to 5 years in jail and an unlimited fine.
- Possession of a Class C drug can get you up to 2 years in jail and an unlimited fine.
- Supplying someone else with a Class A drug, including your friends, can get you up to life in prison and an unlimited fine.
- Supplying someone else with a Class B drug, including your friends, can get you up to 14 years in jail and an unlimited fine.
- Supplying someone else with a Class C drug, including your friends, can get you up to 14 years in jail and an unlimited fine.
Under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, producing or supplying a psychoactive substance for human consumption can get you up to 7 years in prison.
What if you’re caught?
If the police catch you with an ATS, they’ll take action to investigate. This could be followed by a formal caution, arrest and prosecution.
A criminal record or conviction for a drug-related offence could be serious for you. It can stop you visiting certain countries – e.g. the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for.
Did you know?
Like drinking and driving, it's illegal to drive if your driving has been impaired by taking drugs. With some drugs, you can even remain unfit to drive the next day. As well as this drug-impaired-driving offence, it’s now illegal in England and Wales to drive over set levels for any of 17 named drugs (legal and illegal) in your body, whether or not you are impaired. Very low limits have been set for some common illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and MDMA. You can get a heavy fine, be disqualified from driving or even go to prison. Check out the Think! website for more details.
Allowing other people to use drugs in your house or any other premises is illegal. If the police catch someone using drugs in a club they can prosecute the landlord, club own