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Magic mushrooms

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Some mushrooms that grow in Australia contain a chemical called psilocybin. These are commonly called 'magic mushrooms', and they can alter the senses and perceptions of the person who eats them. Psilocybin is a hallucinogen. A hallucination is seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or touching things that do not exist.

Some people eat poisonous mushrooms thinking that they are 'magic mushrooms' - this can be very dangerous, as some poisonous mushrooms can cause death or permanent liver damage.

The law

  • Using, keeping or selling magic mushrooms is illegal. If you are caught, there can be a large fine or a jail sentence.
  • Driving while affected by hallucinogens is not only illegal, it is very dangerous.

Further information

Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)

Drug Info Clearinghouse (Australia)

Druginfo at your library (NSW) 

Resources in South Australia

  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia  
    • ADIS - Alcohol and Drug Information Service.
      24 hour 7 day telephone service that provides information, counselling and referrals for people with drug problems and concerned friends and family.
      1300 13 13 40
  • The Youth Health Service: 
    - Central: 57 Hyde St, Adelaide
    - South: 50a Beach Rd, Christies Beach
    - North: 6 Gillingham Rd, Elizabeth 
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