How to help someone with a drug problem
This article will provide you with some information and advice on caring for someone with a drug problem.
Can medicines be addictive?
Some medicines can cause dependence and addiction. Learn which ones are associated with these risks and how to avoid dependence or addiction when taking them.
Home medicines review
Not managing your own or someone else’s medicines correctly can have serious consequences. A free home medicines review (HMR) by a pharmacist can help.
Scheduling of medicines and poisons
The ‘scheduling’ system for medicines and poisons in Australia divides these items into categories based on how they are made available to the public.
Reporting a problem with a medicine
You should report any problems with your medicine to a healthcare professional. It’s also helpful if you report them directly to the TGA. Learn more here.
Out of date medicines
When medicines are manufactured, by law they have to be given an expiry date. Learn more about expiration dates and safe storage of medicines.
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 term abuse.
Safe use of mental health medications
When it comes to mental health medication, there is no one size fits all solution. Different people can have different side effects. It's important to talk to your doctor during your treatment.
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation helps people get off or reduce their use of drugs and alcohol. Learn more about rehab services and where to go for help.
Urine tests can be used to diagnose conditions, such as pregnancy, infections, diseases such as diabetes or STIs and monitor drug use.