Earlier this week a story in The Daily Telegraph highlighted one of the very real risks associated with illicit drug use. According to the report, a woman was allegedly caught with more than 80 vials of GHB and 182 ecstasy tablets after a police sting on an Oxford Street nightclub.
Undercover police had been observing the woman sitting in the club, where she was approached by patrons. After a brief conversation money was exchanged and she then reached into a brown handbag on the table -¦ then discreetly removed items and handed them under the table to the persons who had given her the money.
A range of physical and psychological harms are associated with the use of illicit drugs but the legal consequences are also important to remember. Purchasing drugs in a club is not only illegal -“ it is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. The damage that this sort of seizure can have on the club involved and the Oxford St strip in general is immense. It reinforces many of the beliefs that law enforcement have about club culture and drug use and will result in further scrutiny at our events.
Whether you agree with the law or not you need to be aware that although drug use can become normalised within certain groups, it is still illegal and as a result there are very real consequences if you get caught. There were no other details given on whether any other people were charged as a result of the sting, but if the police had wanted to they could have charged each and every person who bought from this woman throughout the evening. Depending on how much they bought they could have been charged with possession or supply.
The majority of people who use drugs do so because they believe they can enhance their life. But for all the positive experiences that drug use can give, no-one should forget that there are risks involved. If you want to ignore the other risks, fine, but never forget the legal consequences. If you think it won’t happen to you, you’re living in a fool’s paradise. The world we live in today is a very different one from 10 years ago and more people are being prosecuted for drug offences than ever before.
Remember: if you do not want any negative consequences, do not use the drug and, no matter how many times you have used a substance, never be blas?/p>