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Drug types

Psychoactive drugs may be divided into four categories:

  • Depressants: Drugs that decrease alertness by slowing down the activity of the central nervous system (e.g. heroin, alcohol and analgesics).
  • Stimulants: Drugs that increase the body's state of arousal by increasing the activity of the brain (e.g. caffeine, nicotine, amphetamines and cocaine).
  • Hallucinogens: Drugs that alter perception and can cause hallucinations, such as seeing or hearing something that is not there (e.g. LSD and 'magic mushrooms').
  • Other: Some drugs fall into the 'other' category, as they may have properties of more than one of the above categories (e.g. cannabis has depressive, hallucinogenic and some stimulant properties).

 

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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is held between 29 March and 9 April. Find out more about the Pro here.