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Drug Types, Facts, Risks and Effects 

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Drugs alter a person’s mood, thinking and behaviour. People take drugs for a range of reasons and the effects vary from person to person.

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In the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 16.8% of Western Australian’s aged 14+ reported using illicit drugs in the previous 12 months. 

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Drugs can be categorised by the way in which they affect our bodies or how or when they are used. Some drugs affect the body in many ways and can fall into more than one category. Find out more here.

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Drugs have broader reaching impact than affecting people physically and mentally. Drugs can have bad consequences on your social life, family, work, and financial situation.

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Sometimes we are put in situations where we want to say no but feel pressured or embarrassed to do so. There are a few options when it comes to refusing drugs without awkwardness or embarrassment. 

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Drugs affect every person differently. The drug you use (strength, dose, how and how often you use it and other drugs) can affect how long it stays in your system. It can also be affected by you as an individual and environmental factors. 

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In Western Australia, under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981, it is illegal to use, possess, cultivate, manufacture, sell or supply an illicit drug. Penalties vary depending on the offence. A person convicted of a drug offence will receive a criminal record

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In Western Australia, it is against the law for anyone to drive under the influence of a psychoactive drug or with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.05% or above. ‘L’ and ‘P’ platers must have a zero BAC when driving. 

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Strong Spirit Strong Mind (SSSM) promotes the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture as a central strength in guiding efforts to manage and reduce mental health and alcohol and other drug related harms in Aboriginal communities.

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