The use of drugs in Northern Ireland tears apart lives and ruins communities. We work closely with our partner agencies to Keep People Safe by targeting those who import, supply and use drugs. We take a pro-active approach to stopping drug dealers within our communities but rely on your support to help us.

Click the links to find out more about the signs and symptoms of drug use and how we work to help prevent drugs destroying lives in Northern Ireland.

  • Controlled Drugs and the Law

    The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 covers the majority of law that Police enforce regarding controlled drugs although other legislation under the Serious Crime Act 2007, Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 and the Medicines Act 1968 is also used in certain circumstances.

  • Common Drugs encountered on the streets of Northern Ireland

    Find out the types of Drugs most encountered on the streets of Northern Ireland, including Common Names of Drugs and Signs of Drug Abuse.

  • Cannabis Factories

    In the past few years, there has been a distinct increase in the number of Cannabis Factories discovered across Northern Ireland. Find out more about Cannabis Factories here.

  • Psychoactive Substances

    Recent law changes mean you could face up to a seven year prison sentence for giving or selling these drugs. With any drug you never know what you are getting and they can be incredibly harmful.

  • Silent Guardian

    Silent Guardian is an initiative that PSNI have launched with the support of DOJ, NIPB, PCSP and Crimestoppers.

  • Chemsex

    Chemsex is when a person engages in sex with another person or a group of people, while using drugs, before or during a sexual activity, to sustain, enhance, disinhibit or facilitate the sexual experience; this may be a one off meeting ot a prolonged encounter taking place over a number of days. Arrangements are usually made via hook up apps and networking sites.