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Effects of drugs & alcohol

What is a drug?

There are many definitions out there of what a drug is, simply drugs are substances that change a person’s physical or mental state.

The term 'drug' includes legal and illegal substances such as alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, heroin, kava, amphetamines, anabolic steroids, cannabis (marijuana), psychoactive pharmaceuticals and inhalants.

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Need help?

Effects of drugs & alcohol

Whether you are having issues with alcohol or other drugs, are concerned about someone else's alcohol or other drug use, or just have general questions about alcohol or other drugs, you can call ADIS any time of the day or week for support, information, counselling and referral to services in NSW

24 hour support line

1800 422 599

MORE ABOUT ALCOHOL DRUG INFORMATION SERVICE (ADIS) NSW

Aboriginal media & resources

Not Our Way - Pharmaceuticals Booklet

Not Our Way is a NSW Police Force campaign that focuses on the harms associated with the use of ice and misuse of pharmaceuticals and the impact this has on family and community. It also aims to provide advice for parents, families and friends of Aboriginal people with a pharmaceutical or ice dependency.

There are other resources available from this campaign which include:

  • posters 
  • postcards 
  • storybooks

Find out more

Not Our Way - Ice Postcard

Not Our Way is a NSW Police Force campaign that focuses on the harms associated with the use of ice and misuse of pharmaceuticals and the impact this has on family and community. It also aims to provide advice for parents, families and friends of Aboriginal people with a pharmaceutical or ice dependency.

There are other resources available from this campaign which include:

  • posters
  • postcards
  • storybooks

Find out more

Not Our Way - Pharmaceuticals Storybook

Not Our Way is a NSW Police Force campaign that focuses on the harms associated with the use of ice and misuse of pharmaceuticals and the impact this has on family and community. It also aims to provide advice for parents, families and friends of Aboriginal people with a pharmaceutical or ice dependency.

There are other resources available from this campaign which include:

  • posters 
  • postcards 
  • storybooks

Find out more

Not Our Way - Pharmaceuticals Poster Glenn

Not Our Way is a NSW Police Force campaign that focuses on the harms associated with the use of ice and misuse of pharmaceuticals and the impact this has on family and community. It also aims to provide advice for parents, families and friends of Aboriginal people with a pharmaceutical or ice dependency.

There are other resources available from this campaign which include:

  • posters 
  • postcards 
  • storybooks

Find out more

Additional support

Cultural specific services and appropriate service delivery is vital in regards to treatment options for Aboriginal people and communities.

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