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Drug Action Week

Drug Action Week

Each year, Drug Action Week (22-28 June) aims to raise awareness of alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues affecting Australians, and to draw attention to the efforts of AOD workers in the health and community sectors.
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Drugs: the cold, hard facts

Drugs: the cold, hard facts

Speed
The drug: speed refers to amphetamines which stir up the central nervous system. It generally comes in powder form which is then snorted, eaten...
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The facts about

The facts about "ice"

"Ice" is a street name for crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride, which is a powerful, synthetic stimulant drug. Ice often appears as large, transparent and...
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Amphetamines: a factsheet

Amphetamines: a factsheet

What are amphetamines?
Amphetamines are a groups of drugs that are stimulants, which means that they speed up the messages going to and from the brain. In...
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Cannabis - a factsheet

Cannabis - a factsheet

What is cannabis?
Cannabis comes from a plant called Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis, hashish and hashish oil all come from different parts of the plant. Each is a...
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Treatments for drug dependency

Treatments for drug dependency

Drug dependence is treatable. With the help of treatments targeting
individual needs and concerns, people can control their drug taking behaviour
and live...
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World's first cannabis pill?

World's first cannabis pill?

The privately-held Dutch drug company Echo Pharmaceuticals expects to sell the world's first cannabis pill within five years, targeting a 4 billion euro ($5.85...
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Club drugs

Club drugs

Nightclubs, dance parties, raves and other events have become popular as venues for people to share their interest in particular types of music or dancing, to...
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Drugs and their effects

Drugs and their effects

Australia is a drug-using society. The most common drugs used are alcohol, coffee, nicotine and various medications. Less commonly used are illegal drugs such...
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Khat factsheet

Khat factsheet

What is it?

Khat is a leafy green shrub that can grow to tree size. The leaves of the khat plant are chewed for their amphetamine-like stimulant effects....
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Cocaine Factsheet

Cocaine Factsheet

What is cocaine?
Cocaine belongs to a group of drugs known as 'stimulants'. Stimulants speed up the activity of the central nervous system ‑ the...
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Veterinarian drug helps fight depression

Veterinarian drug helps fight depression

New research has found that the veterinarian drug ketamine hydrochloride when used experimentally relieves symptoms of depression and suicidal tendencies...
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Teens getting drunk from vodka-soaked tampons?

Teens getting drunk from vodka-soaked tampons?

According to a report by the US' KPHO News, teens are utilising vodka-soaked tampons to get drunk, potentially risking their health.
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Darren Aronofsky's horrifying anti-meth ads

Darren Aronofsky's horrifying anti-meth ads

Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has produced four horrifying new anti-meth ads.
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Men and addiction: know the facts

Men and addiction: know the facts

We all like a drink every now and then, and some of us may make occasional use of recreational drugs, or play the odd game of cards. We all have our vices, and...
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Mitch Winehouse's campaign continues

Mitch Winehouse's campaign continues

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch is to meet with British government officials on Thursday as he steps up his campaign for a rehabilitation clinic in his daughter's...
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Alcohol more dangerous than heroin: study

Alcohol more dangerous than heroin: study

British researchers have determined that alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
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Students buying 'smart drugs' online

Students buying 'smart drugs' online

growing number of students are buying "smart drugs" to improve their performance, a UK professor has warned.
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New weight-loss drug targets body

New weight-loss drug targets body

Sydney researchers have developed a new weight-loss drug that they claim can help you lose weight more effectively by targeting the body, rather than the brain.
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Chroming - a factsheet

Chroming - a factsheet

What are inhalants?
Inhalants are a range of chemical products, usually regular household items, that are inhaled to produce a high feeling. Most inhalants...
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Ecstasy - a factsheet

Ecstasy - a factsheet

What is it?
Ecstasy, or MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a 'psychedelic amphetamine' - it has properties of both hallucinogen and amphetamine drugs....
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