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Alcohol & Other Drug Information Index

The range of drug information listed below may be helpful in understanding some of the chemical effects of drugs. Some issues and other specific information associated with particular substances is also given. 

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DrugNet pages

Drug Effects Chart
-Solvents
Drug Intoxication & Withdrawal Symptoms Chart
Overdose Advice
Drugs and Pregnancy

Internet Links Outside of DrugNet

DrugScope Drug Information with Pictures
ADIN Glossary of Drugs & Drug Terms
Drug Information for those in the Club/Rave Scene
General Drug Information
Alcohol
Smoking
Pharmacotherapies
Communicable Diseases
Animations - How Drugs Work
Search Pharmaceutical Drugs

DrugNet pages

Drug Effects Chart

The Drug Effects Chart contains the most commonly used psychoactive drugs in an easy to follow table. Short and long-term effects, uses, street names and doses are given along with brief notes on injecting drugs and poly-drug use.

Links to other websites will provide further information on each substance.
Solvents (volatile substance inhalation) have a comprehensive, separate section within DrugNet. 

Drug Intoxication and Withdrawal Symptoms Chart

The symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal are given for alcohol, benzodiazepines (Valium, Rohypnol, Serepax) opiates (e.g. heroin) and amphetamines. Some brief information about pregnancy is also provided as well as information on a useful withdrawal manual and self-help booklets on stopping drug use and withdrawal.

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Overdose Advice

Overdose advice provides both preventive and straight forward information on how to deal with an overdose. Staff and in some cases, clients, are recommended to undertake a first aid course.  Information on where to obtain additional WA first aid information is given.

 

Drugs & Pregnancy

Contains clinical information & a page on possible drug effects on mother & foetus.  Other links provided.

 

Internet Links Outside of DrugNet

DrugScope Drug Information with Pictures (UK)

Provides comprehensive and detailed information on the drugs, drug terms and issues with quality photographs and highlighting key issues.

ADIN Glossary of Drugs & Drug Terms

Searchable database from Australia on drugs and drug terms.

Drug Information for those in the Club/Rave Scene (UK)

Information on drugs in the club scene (Acid, Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Heroin, Ketamine, Poppers, Speed, Others) as well as a particularly good First Aid section.  Very useful harm reduction information for young people not considering stopping.

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General Drug Information (Australia)

The above site also from the ADF contains information about what drugs are, where they come from, who uses them, types of harm, classification and drug effects on the baby during pregnancy.

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Alcohol

Community Alcohol Action Network: The Facts Community Alcohol Action Network: Changing the Drinking Culture

Smoking

Smoking is often overlooked in managing drug use issues. The above site from the WA Health Department contains a range of useful information for users, clinical staff and policy makers.

Pharmacotherapies

The above link from the Australian Dept of Health & Aging outlines the use of pharmacotherapies for treating cravings, as well as alcohol and opioid dependence.

Pharmacotherapies manual for practitioners provides comprehensive information on treating opioid addiction with an emphasis on the use of pharmacotherapies including methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. (PDF 570 KB)

 

Communicable Diseases

Blood-borne viruses can be transmitted in a variety of ways including the sharing of contaminated injecting equipment (needles, syringes, spoons, tourniquets and drugs), sex (especially anal sex), and even sharing toiletries (razors & toothbrushes.

In order of dealing with users who inject drugs, it is essential to be aware of the information about:

bulletAvailability of clean syringes and equipment
bulletThe very high incidence and treatments for Hepatitis C
bulletThe ongoing serious threat and treatments for HIV/AIDS
bulletVaccinations available for Hepatitis B

 

Blood Borne Diseases Vic Dept Health

Hepatitis C Council of WA

 

Main-Liners
(UK: injecting drug use, HIV, Hepatitis)

Animations - How Drugs Work (USA)

Medical model view which graphically demonstrates the physiology at a cellular level of how drugs work.  Some particularly good animations on brain physiology and drugs.

 

Search Pharmaceutical Drugs

The search engines below are from the The Rx List.
They are especially useful for pharmaceutical and prescription drug information.

 

 

 

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