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Information about legal and illicit drugs

A to Z of Drugs

An alphabetical listing of common drugs and their street names.

What are drugs?

What are drugs and what are their effects on people who use them?

Drugs and the law

Find out about the law in New South Wales relating to drugs, including possession, use and supply, manufacturing, importing and exporting.

Drug related issues

Alcohol, tobacco and young people

Find information about the law relating to alcohol, tobacco and young people.

Polydrug use

What does polydrug use mean and what are the dangers?

Mental health

Find information about drugs and alcohol and mental health.

Discrimination against drug users

Find information about discrimation against drug users in society and the law.


Spotlight on...


Heroin is a drug manufactured from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy. 

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