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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)
http://www.dassa.sa.gov.au

Drug Info Clearinghouse (Australia)
http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/

Druginfo at your library (NSW) 
http://www.druginfo.sl.nsw.gov.au/ 

Resources in South Australia

  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia
    http://www.dassa.sa.gov.au  
    • 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:
    http://www.cyh.com/SubContent.aspx?p=223 
    - Central: 57 Hyde St, Adelaide
    - South: 50a Beach Rd, Christies Beach
    - North: 6 Gillingham Rd, Elizabeth 
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