Drugs and you

A drug is any substance (with the exception of food and water) which, when taken into the body, alters the body’s function either physically and/or psychologically. Drugs may be legal (e.g. alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and prescription medication) or illicit (e.g. methamphetamine, cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin).

There is no safe level of illicit drug use.

To learn more about illicit drugs, their effects and the harms associated with drug use, visit the Drug Aware website. Drug Aware is a Statewide education program run by the Mental Health Commission. The Drug Aware program targets young people with messages about illicit drug use that focus on the prevention of use and associated harm.

The Drug Aware website includes a range of information about illicit drug use including: 

  • Getting help –  how to get help, do you need help, helping others
  • Getting the facts – facts and information about illicit drugs, impact of drugs, taking care, expert videos and frequently asked questions
  • About us – information about the Drug Aware Program and campaigns

If you are worried about your drug use, visit the Getting help page or call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 08 9442 5000 and they can help you find the service that is best for you.

If you are worried about your child or someone else’s drug use call the Parent and Family Drug Support Line on 08 9442 5050 or 1800 653 203 (Country) and they can help you find the service that is best for your loved one.

You can find more resources about drugs in the Resources section of this website.


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