In this section of the website you will find brief information about different drugs and their effects, as well as links to further information.
Click the headings on the right hand side to find out more information about that particular drug.
Can’t find what you are looking for or need more information? Please contact the Youth Solutions team on 02 4628 2319 or visit our contact page for further details on how to get in touch.
What is a drug?
A drug is defined as:
Any substance which, when taken into the body, alters its function physically and/or psychologically; excluding food, water and oxygen. (World Health Organisation, 2001)
Drugs generally fall into one of the three classifications below, based on their type of effect. However, occasionally a few drugs may fit into two of the classifications.
Illegal drugs, and the misuse of legal drugs, can effect an individual, their families and friends and the community in a number of ways.
If you are concerned about your own or another person’s drug use we encourage you to seek professional help and assistance.
There are always risks associated with drug use. No use at all is the safest option.
Further information and support:
If you suspect an overdose call triple zero (000) immediately.
In an emergency or crisis situation always call triple zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance and follow instructions.
- Visit the Your Room website for more information about the different kinds of drugs and their effects
- Visit the Drug Info website facts and resources about drugs and alcohol
- View the National Drug Strategy Household Survey detailed report 2013 for statistics and information about alcohol and other drug use in Australia
- Visit our Get Help page for the details of different support services available