Khat banned as of 24 June 2014

As of Tuesday 24 June 2014, khat has been classified as an illegal Class C drug in the UK. It is now illegal to produce, possess, supply and import or export khat without a Home Office licence.

Khat is a leafy green plant containing stimulants with effects that are similar to, but less powerful than, amphetamine and is particularly chewed by people from Somali, Yemeni and East African communities.

For confidential advice and information on local support and treatment services for khat use, your GP or local council is a good place to start. You can also call the Camden Drugs and Alcohol Helpline, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 020 7916 2222.