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About drugs - info for teens about drugs and health

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A drug is any chemical that is not food and that affects your body.

  • Some drugs, like medicines and painkillers are prescribed by a doctor to help you be healthy, or they are available in pharmacies without a prescription. Some drugs are available in health food shops or supermarkets.
  • Other drugs like alcohol and nicotine (in cigarettes) can be bought in lots of places if you are over 18 years old.
  • Caffeine is also a drug, - it is in tea, coffee or some soft drinks - and there are no restrictions on where you can get it.
  • Some drugs are illegal and can not be grown, sold, bought or supplied without breaking laws in nearly every country. These are drugs that affect the mind.

To find out more about drugs and their effects have a look the many topics in Drugs section of the Reachout website


South Australia

  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia  
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service - telephone 1300 13 13 40 – 24-hour confidential telephone counselling and information
  • Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc – telephone (08) 8351 9031:
  • Al-Anon/Alateen Family Group (for families of people with a drinking problem)
    - telephone (08) 8231 2959 (24 hour service) or (08) 8212 6824. 


Kid's Helpline - telephone counselling for young people 

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