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Drugs and young people

Drugs and young people
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Drugs and alcohol

Drug and alcohol abuse can pose serious health risks which can worsen over a long time. Below are links to information for a range of different drugs including marijuana (cannabis), speed, LSD, MDMA (ecstasy) and the effects of alcohol, as well as how to kick the habit.

Alcohol effects people in different ways.

How alcohol affects your health

Alcohol is the most widely used social drug in Australia but it can be consumed responsibly. Learn here about the dangers of binge drinking.

Drug abuse can be treated

Drug abuse

Drug abuse can affect health, relationships, job and education. Learn about Australia’s drug laws, drug addiction and where to get help.

Drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Caring for someone with a drug problem

This article will provide you with some information and advice on caring for someone with a drug problem.

Cocaine addiction

Cocaine

Cocaine, or 'Coke' as it is commonly known, is a highly addictive drug associated with health issues and other problems. Learn more about its physical...

Drink spiking

GHB

GHB is a party drug. It has been linked to date rape and sexual assault. Find out more about the physical effects and consequences of using GHB.

Heroin

Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive drug with many serious side effects. Find out more about heroin's effects and the dangers of long term abuse and addictio...

Crystal meth is a highly addictive drug.

Ice (crystal meth)

Ice, also known as crystal meth, is a very addictive illegal drug. Find out more about ice including what it is and the dangers of abuse.

Ketamine can cause hallucinations and can affect the body’s senses.

Ketamine

Ketamine is a drug used by doctors and vets, however it can be used illegally to get high. Find out more about ketamine effects and the danger of long...

LSD is a hallucinogen that alters the users’ perception of reality

LSD

LSD is a hallucinogenic drug that can change the user’s perception of reality. Here’s how LSD works, its physical effects and the health risks of LSD ...

Marijuana

Marijuana (cannabis) is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in Australia. You can find out more about marijuana and how it impacts users here.

MDMA is also called ecstasy.

MDMA (ecstasy)

MDMA (ecstasy) is an illicit drug which can give a euphoric rush, but which has dangerous side effects. Learn about its physical effects and risks pos...

Speed can lead to sleep deprivation

Speed

Speed is a drug that can become addictive and lead to health, social and financial problems. Find out about its effects and associated risks.

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Alcohol and drugs

Drugs and alcohol change the balance of chemicals that help your brain to think, feel, create and make decisions. The drugs and alcohol you use can affect you both now and in the future. Changing drug and alcohol habits can take time, but with support and perseverance you will notice positive changes in your mental and physical wellbeing.

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Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS)

The Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS) cares for pregnant women experiencing drug and alcohol issues.

Read more on WA Health website

Alcohol Services | Drug Services - Alcohol and drug search directory | ADIN

The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) is Australia’s leading alcohol and drug search directory with complete information on drugs and alcohol.

Read more on ADIN – Australian Drug Information Network website

Alcohol and Drug Services | Alcohol Services - Alcohol and drug search directory | ADIN

Australian directory of alcohol and drug information services and treatment centres. Find drug treatment and alcohol rehab programs for drug users and families.

Read more on ADIN – Australian Drug Information Network website

Alcohol and drug use

Drug and alcohol use can both lead to, and result from, depression.

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Alcohol and drugs

Drugs and alcohol change how our brains function and this is often the attraction for young people. Some want to relax and wind down, while others want to be stimulated or escape from their reality for a while.

Read more on beyondblue website

Pregnancy - medication, drugs and alcohol - Better Health Channel

Most women take a drug of some kind during pregnancy, sometimes without realising the potential for harm.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Factsheets and Publications

Mental health & drug and alcohol factsheets.

Read more on NSW Health website

Problems with alcohol and drug use

People take different types of drugs and drink alcohol for many different reasons - to relax, to help them focus, to fit in, because they’re bored or curious, to escape their problems or to help them cope with overwhelming emotions.

Read more on Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders website

Performance and image enhancing drugs - ADF - Alcohol & Drug Foundation

Performance & image enhancing drugs are taken by people with the intention of improving their physical appearance & to enhance their sporting performance.

Read more on Alcohol and Drug Foundation website

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