Drugs are substances, other than food or water, that alter the way the body functions, physically or mentally. Most are used to treat medical conditions and are prescribed by a doctor, but some are illegal. Drugs can be dangerous. Find help to reduce your drug use or support someone close to you.

Learn about drugs

Find out about drugs — what they are, how they can affect you and how to reduce your risk.

What are the effects of taking drugs?

Understand 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

Quitting drugs can be hard. It's important to get the right support and have a plan.

Drug laws in Australia

Find out which drugs are illegal in Australia and learn about Australia's drug laws.

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Young people

What are the risks to your health and how to say 'no' to drugs. Learn what you can do as a parent or teacher.

National Drug Strategy

The National Drug Strategy aims to reduce and prevent harm caused by drugs. Six sub-strategies focus on specific issues such as alcohol, ice, tobacco, and workforce development.

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Therapeutic Goods Administration Adj. Professor John Skerritt's interview on ABC News on 20 December 2022

Read the transcript of Therapeutic Goods Administration Adjunct Professor John Skerritt's interview with Ros Childs on ABC News on 20 December 2022.

Did you know?

9 million

Australians over the age of 14 have used illicit drugs in their lifetime

The top 4

illegal drugs used are cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and hallucinogens

1 in 2

Australians think ice (methamphetamines) is the most serious drug of concern

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019



ANACAD communique – February/March 2024

This document provides an update from the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ANACAD) after their meeting on 29 February and 1 March 2024.