Illegal Drug Fact Sheets

image - Fact SheetsPublished 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.





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Ketamine is a dissociative general anaesthetic. Used in small doses, it produces feelings of dissociation, helping the user to feel separated or detached from their body and/or environment. It also has hallucinogenic effects and can impact on the sense and on a person's perception of reality. For more information, download the factsheet


Ketamine Fact Sheet

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Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug. It comes in three main forms: 1) Ice/Crystal Meth, 2) Base, and 3) Speed. All forms of methamphetamine can be cut (mixed) with other substances, which reduces the purity. Usually these substances do not hav ea psychoactive (mind-altering) effect. Methamphetamine is also often contained in pills sold on the illicit drug market as ecstasy. Download the Methamphetamine Fact Sheet to find out more about methamphetamines, the effects, the risks, and the impact on mental health the use of these drugs may have. 


Methamphetamine Fact Sheet

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In recent years, many 'new' drugs have arrived on the market. While there are many types of new psychoactive substances, this factsheet focuses on drugs that are usually marketed towards similar effects to cannabis, as well as those marketed towards people seeking a stimulant or an 'ecstasy' like high. 

Download the fact sheet to find out: 

  • What are new psychoactive substances?
  • Are these drugs legal? 
  • What are some street names and brands of these substances? 
  • What are the effects? How long can the effects last? 
  • What are the risks? 


New Psychoactive Substances Fact Sheet

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Polydrug use is the mixing of different drugs, or taking one drug while under the influence (or experiencing the after-effects) of another drug. Polydrug use can include alcohol, prescribed medications, and/or illegal drugs. Combining drugs carries extra risks and can be extremely dangerous. The more drugs a person takes (or is affected by) at a time, the more chance there is of something going wrong. For more information on Polydrug Use, download the fact sheet.


Polydrug Use Fact Sheet

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The 'Smoking and Teenagers: Parents Fact Sheet' gives information about the legal issues around smoking and under 18s and suggests strategies that parents can adopt to try and ensure kids don't smoke. It also offers information about what parents can do to get involved in preventing smoking more widely. Download the fact sheet to read more. 


Smoking and Teenagers: Parents Fact Sheet

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Smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of death and disease in Australia. Each year, smoking kills an estimated 15,000 Australians and costs Australia $31.5 billion in social and economic costs. Half to two-thirds of smokers will die early as a result of smoking, and smokers who die because of smoking lose on average about 13 years of life. 

To find out more about the risks of smoking, the reasons why young people start smoking and why smoking is so bad for your health, download the factsheet now


Tobacco: Health Effects of Smoking Fact Sheet

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Nicotine is classified as a dangerous poison which can lead to death. At the low levels that people knowingly take it in, it is not immediately dangerous. Risk of overdosing on cigarettes is low as nausea typically occurs well before a fatal dose can be reached. 

For more information about nicotine and its effects, download the fact sheet.


Tobacco: Nicotine Addiction Fact Sheet

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The benefits of quitting smoking are almost immediate and include easier breathing, increased energy and activity levels, and the positive effect this could have on your overall health and quality of life. 

Download the 'Quitting Smoking' Fact Sheet to find out more about the benefits of quitting and where you can go for help when quitting smoking. 


Quitting Smoking Fact Sheet 

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The latest research shows that in 2011 only four in every one hundred (4%) Australian school students had smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lives. On per cent of 12-year-olds and 15% of 17-year-olds had smoked in the previous week. For more information about smoking rates amongst teenagers, smoking and pregnancy, the effects of second hand smoke, and whetehr children and teenagers smoke in the same way as adults, download the 'Teenagers and Smoking Fact Sheet'


Teenagers and Smoking Fact Sheet