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Essential information for families and carers

Drug Facts

DXM- Fast facts for families.

DXM causes ‘Woozy’ and detached feelings, a loss of motor control like alcohol and hallucinations leading to good or bad trips....

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Ketamine-Fast facts for families

Ketamine causes ‘Floaty’ and detached feelings, physical inability to move, and hallucinations leading to good or bad trips. Large doses can exacerbate mental health problems...

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GHB/ GBL-Fast facts for families

If a young person uses a small amount of GHB they may appear in a similar state to if they had used alcohol. They may be in a state of euphoria, be less inhibited or even be sleepy. ...

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LSD (Acid)-Fast facts for families

A young person who has used LSD will usually have a distorted sense of reality since LSD alters a person’s perceptions. This could include visual and auditory hallucinations. ...

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Tobacco-Fast facts for families

The most tell-tale sign that someone has recently used tobacco is the lingering smell of smoke on hair, clothing, breath and hands....

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Synthetic drugs-Fast facts for families

Like fashion trends, synthetic drugs may seem popular one day then out of flavour the next....

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Synthetic cannabis-Fast facts for families

A young person who has used synthetic cannabis may appear talkative and giggly with excessive hunger or withdrawn and relaxed. They may have decreased concentration and slower reaction times....

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Opiate painkillers-Fast facts for families

Opiates give powerful relief to physical and emotional pain. Signs that someone has used recently include feelings of wellbeing, relaxation and sleepiness...

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Magic mushrooms-Fast facts for families

A young person using mushrooms may have an altered sense of reality, time and space....

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Inhalants-Fast facts for families

Many inhalants are household products. Volatile substances, aerosols, gases, and nitrates, can all be inhaled....

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Ecstasy-Fast facts for families

A young person who has recently used ecstasy may display increased energy, happiness, alertness and be super chatty, optimistic and affectionate....

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Cocaine-Fast facts for families

Cocaine causes a burst of alertness, feelings of well-being and euphoria which could include enthusiastic talking. ...

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Buprenorphine-Fast facts for families

A young person who is using non-prescribed buprenorphine may appear sleepy with small pupils and slurred speech and movements...

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Benzodiazepines-Fast facts for families

Signs of recent Benzodiazepine use include calmness, relaxation and sleepiness, decreased anxiety and enlarged pupils. ...

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Alcohol - fast facts for families

Tell-tale signs of recent alcohol use are confidence, reduced inhibitions, drowsiness, unsteadiness, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. ...

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Ice - Fast facts for families

Ice is an illegal stimulant, meaning it is designed to ‘hype up’ rather than ‘calm down’ a person who is using it....

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Heroin - Fast facts for families

Heroin is an illegal substance that is extracted from the opium poppy. It is in the same family of drugs as the pain killing medication morphine....

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Cannabis - Fast facts for families

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia and is the most commonly used drug by young people accessing support services....

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