Getting the Facts

What are you getting into?

Drugs alter a person’s mood, thinking and behavior. People take drugs for a range of reasons and the effects vary from person to person.

Inner page

What are you getting into?

Drugs alter a person’s mood, thinking and behaviour. People take them for a range of reasons and the effects vary from person to person.

What is a drug?

A drug is any substance (with the exception of food and water) which, when taken into the body, alters the body’s function either physically and/or psychologically. Drugs may be legal (e.g. alcohol, caffeine and tobacco) or illegal (e.g. cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin).

What is a psychoactive drug?

Psychoactive drugs affect the central nervous system and alter a person’s mood, thinking and behaviour.

Effects of drugs

The experience that a person has when using other drugs will be affected by their individual characteristics, the drug and the environment or place.

Impact of drugs

Drugs have broader reaching impact than affecting people physically and mentally. Drugs can have bad consequences on your social life, family, work, and financial situation.

Drug types

Psychoactive drugs fall into four main categories.

Staying safe

Many people like to go out with friends to have a good time. This could mean going to a friend’s place, going to a pub or club, or going to a music festival or event.

FAQs

This section answers you’re frequently asked questions on drugs and the impact of drug use.