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Drugs and Alcohol


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Impact of drug use on your life

It is not unusual for a person to feel confused about whether to take drugs. Here a few ways of how drug use can change your life.

Managing pressure to use drugs or alcohol

Saying no to drugs and alcohol when people around you are using them can be tough. Learn the ways that peer pressure might affect you and what you can do about it.

Ways to reduce drug use

This fact sheet contains information about options for reducing drug use including reducing accessibility, support options, counseling, self help and treatment options.


Ecstasy is commonly taken at dance parties, clubs, or raves. However, there are some serious consequences of taking Ecstasy. Learn more about what it is, its effects and tips for staying safe.

Date rape drugs

Date rape drugs are types of drugs that are used to aid someone commit sexual assault or rape. Learn more about prevention and what to do if you think you have been drugged.

If your friend has taken pills or hurt themselves

If your friend has taken a substance get them help immediately. Learn about getting help and managing your reaction.


Amphetamines include methamphetamines, ice and crystal meth. Learn about the types of amphetamines and their effects on your body and your life.

Inhalants or “huffing”

Inhalants are dangerous when sniffed or "huffed" to get high. Learn about the effects of using inhalants.

Drug overview

A drug is a substance that alters the way your brain and body works. Learn about different types of drugs and how they might affect your life.


Is it safe to vape? Learn about the risks and how to quit.

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