A drug is a chemical that changes how your body and mind work.

The most common types of drugs are:

  • Everyday substances - coffee and prescription medication

  • Legal (for people over 18 in Australia and NZ) – cigarettes and alcohol

  • Illegal – speed, cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis (marijuana)

Drugs can be harmful to your mind and body, especially while you're still growing and changing.

Other problems that drugs can cause are:

  • Addiction

  • Overdose

  • Death

  • Illness or injury

  • Loss of friendships

  • Problems at home

  • Impact on school or work

  • Poor decision making

  • Trouble with the law

  • Negative side effects eg dehydration, feeling sick

  • Issues with memory, problem solving and learning

Drug use is a personal and sometimes sensitive issue, and may be difficult to talk about. If you are feeling your use is starting to affect things that matter to you it can be helpful to talk to someone outside your friends and family about your options. You can start a chat or give Sonder a call at any time of day or night.

All content on Sonder's Help Centre is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of qualified health professionals. Our nurses are available 24/7 to help you find the care you need.

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