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Who is Drug Aware?

Drug Aware was established in 1996 and is the only comprehensive, on-going government program on illicit drug education (outside of schools) undertaken in Australia.

Drug Aware is one of the key initiatives in the state framework of educational strategies forming part of a comprehensive approach to address illicit drug use in Western Australia. The program aims to prevent, delay and reduce drug use and related harm, by providing credible and evidence-based information to Western Australians, to help them make informed decisions about their drug use and related behaviour.

Drug Aware program contributes to behaviour change by implementing campaigns using targeted mass reach education strategies and supports and develops strategies to create safer environments to reduce the incidence and risk of harm from illicit drug use.

The program is managed by the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Services Division of the Mental Health Commission in collaboration with Cancer Council WA.

To contact the Drug Aware team directly, email us at

By contacting the Drug Aware team and providing an email address and /or telephone number. You are consenting to being contacted by the Mental Health Commission. If you are requiring support or advice your email may be forwarded to a counsellor or a peer practitioner from the Commission’s confidential mental health, alcohol and / or other drug support line. Please specify in the email if you do NOT wish to be contacted by a team member from Here For You – confidential mental health and / or other alcohol drug support line.

If you are seeking immediate support, please contact one of the following helplines: (available 2417)

· Alcohol and Drug Support Line (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (country callers toll-free).
· Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL: 1300 555 788 (Perth Metro Residents) 1800 676 822 (Peel Residents)
· Rurallink: 1800 552 002
· Lifeline: 13 11 14
· BeyondBlue: 1300 224 636
· Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 for children and young people aged 5-25 years old.
· Parent and Family Drug Support Line: 9442 5050 (metro) OR 1800 653 203(country callers)





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