We aim to protect communities from the impact of drug use by tackling drug supply, drug related crime and antisocial behaviour.

What we are doing to tackle drug crime

It is illegal to possess or supply drugs. South Yorkshire Police does not tolerate drug related crime. Cultivation of cannabis is an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and is punishable by up to 14 years in prision.

South Yorkshire Police and its partners will continue to take action to improve the quality of life for communities who are affected by drug crime. To do this the Force need help from the public.

Local residents are often best placed to see on a daily basis whether their neighbours are behaving suspiciously and could be in possession of, cultivating or supplying drugs in their homes.

Anyone who has information about drug crime is urged to contact us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

How to tell if someone is taking drugs

It is often difficult to tell if someone is using drugs as different substances can affect people in different ways.

Below are some of the signs to look for although they are not absolute proof of drug use. Some of these could simply be normal signs of growing up:

  • Sudden changes in mood and behaviour from happy and energetic to moody and irritable
  • Secretiveness
  • Deceitfulness
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stealing money or goods
  • Excessive spending or borrowing money

How to identify drugs

There is no easy way to identify illegal substances except by analysis.  However, signs to look out for can include:

  • Small plastic or elaborately folded paper wraps
  • Burnt foil and spoons, syringes and small bottles
  • A herbal substance or a solid, crumbly brown resin
  • Shredded cigarettes
  • Unusual pills, powders or liquids in small quantities
  • Strong, sickly sweet, smoky smell

Help and Advice

Phone 0800 77 66 00.  Website:  http://www.talktofrank.com

  • The Frank helpline provides free, confidential advice, counselling and referral to specialist services 24 hours a day.