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Drugs - What you need to know

Illegal drug use is the ingestion of substances that are classified as controlled substances or the misuse of prescription medicine.

Common drugs and drug slang

  • Marijuana (Green, herb, smoke, Mary Jane, 420, blunt, chronic)
  • Cocaine (Crack, coke, powder, ball, blow
  • Methamphetamine (crank, crystal, ice, jib)
  • MDMA (Ecstasy, E, X, hug drug, love drug, Molly, beans, pills)
  • Heroin (H, one, horse)
  • PMMA (Para-Methoxymethamphetamine)
  • Bath Salts (sold under brand names: Vanilla Sky, Meow Meow, Bliss, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave)
  • Fentanyl (green beans, beans, green apples, apples, shady 80s, 80s, fake oxy, greenies)

Gateway drugs

Gateway drugs are a term used in relation to a theory that suggests that the use of what society perceives as "less serious" drugs will influence an individual to continue down a path that leads to consumption of what are considered "more serious" or "harder" drugs.

Are all drugs illegal?

It is a common myth that it is legal to possess small amounts of marijuana in Canada. This is false. It is illegal to possess any amount of marijuana. The only exception is those individuals who have applied for and been granted access to use marijuana for medical purposes. Health Canada mandates strict parameters on those who are permitted to use medicinal marijuana.

What’s wrong with marijuana anyway? Everyone smokes it.

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What do the police do with drugs that are seized?

Drugs that are seized as evidence are sent for analysis. Drugs that are not required for any court proceedings are disposed of according to regulations set out by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

I found a bag of something that may be drugs.
What should I do with them?

Drugs that can be identified as prescription medication can be taken to a local pharmacy for destruction.

Anytime a substance is located that is believed to be an illegal or unknown drug store them in a safe place and contact the CPS non-emergency line at (403) 266-1234. An officer will be dispatched to take possession of the drugs and seize them for destruction.

Found drugs should never be dumped down the sink or toilet in order to prevent contamination of Calgary’s water and ground systems.

If I witness a drug deal, how do I report it?

There are two vehicles available for citizens to contact CPS regarding illegal drug use:

  1. CPS Confidential Drug Tip Line

    A 24-hour answering machine that gives citizens the opportunity to provide information about alleged drug activity.

    When leaving information please be as specific as possible, provide names and addresses if known. An officer will only call back if further information is required in relation to the tip.
  2. Calgary Crime Stoppers

    Crime Stoppers is a community, media and police co-operative program designed to involve the public in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers provides citizens with a vehicle to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime. A reward of up to $2,000 is offered to anyone providing information, which leads to an arrest, or the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illegal drugs.

    If you have information regarding criminal activity or wish to check on the status of your tip, please contact Crime Stoppers:
    • Talk to us at 1-800-222-8477
    • Type to us by clicking on "Submit a Tip" on the website
    • Text us by sending the keyword "tttTIPS" to 274637

The Calgary Police Service appreciates those that assist in keeping the communities of Calgary safe.