Published in 2014 and funded by the Australian government Department of Health, this series of fact sheets provides up-to-date, evidence-based information for the public about drugs and their effects.
Download this fact sheet for more information about different drugs and their effects during pregnancy. This factsheet will answer questions about whether different drugs are safe to use during pregnancy, safe for users to stop during pregancy, the effects they can have during pregnancy, the effects different drugs can have on the baby, and whether it is safe to use different drugs during breastfeeding.
This factsheet will answer the following questions and more,
Ecstasy was first used as a street drug in the 1980s and is usually sold in pill form, although it can also be sold as powder, crystals or in capsules. Pills usually have a logo stamped on them. However, two pills with the same logo may have different effects - they can come from different sources and have different ingredients.
For more information about the effects and risks of ecstasy, download the factsheet.
GHB is a depressant drug, which means that it slows down the central nervous system. Problems with safety, including concerns about its use in date rape, have led to it being banned in several countries including Australia, where sale and possession is illegal.
For more information on GHB, download the fact sheet.
Hallucinogens cause perceptual distortions such as hallucinations. The most commonly known synthetic hallucinogen is LSD. Naturally occuring hallucinogens include magic mushrooms, DMT, mescaline and salvia. To find out more about the different hallucinogens, their effects and the risks to taking them, read the fact sheet.
Inhalants, also known as volatile substances or solvents, are chemicals that evaporate and give off fumes at room temperature. These vapours can be inhaled through the nose and/or mouth to give the user an immediate 'high'. These substances are easily absorbed through the lungs and carried around the body, affecting areas such as the brain and liver.
This factsheet gives information about the four main types of inhalants, rates of use, the effects of inhalants and the potential risks users face when using inhalents. Download the factsheet to find out more.