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About drugs

Your starting point for information about drugs — what they are, how they affect you, whether they’re safe, drug laws and what we’re doing to reduce drug-related harm.

  • What are drugs?
    Drugs affect the way your body and mind work and can be toxic and addictive. Find out about legal and illegal drugs.
  • Types of drugs
    Drugs can be grouped together in different ways. Learn about types of drugs and which ones we are focused on reducing in Australia.
  • Is taking drugs ever safe?
    Using illicit drugs is never safe. Discover how to reduce your risk and use prescribed medicines safely.
  • What are the effects of taking drugs?
    Find out what happens in your body when you take drugs and how it can affect your health, your finances, your friends and your family.
  • How to reduce or quit drugs
    Get some tips on how to take the first step to quit. Find out why it's a good idea to see a doctor or health professional and to put together an action plan to achieve your goals.
  • Drug laws in Australia
    Australia has laws to help keep us safe from the harmful effects of drugs.
  • What we're doing about drugs
    We work with other state and territory governments, organisations and the health community to reduce drug-related harm in Australia. Find out about our policies, guidelines and research.
Last updated: 
15 July 2019
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