Types of drugs

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Stimulants

These drugs increase the activity of the central nervous system. Examples include: 

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Party drugs

Party drugs is a colloquial term for a group of stimulants and hallucinogens that are often used by younger Australians to enhance experiences at large parties, music festivals and clubs.

This group of drugs includes, but is not restricted to, MDMA (methylenedioxyethamphetamine), capsules (‘caps’) and pills such as ecstasy. They may also be known as:

  • pingers
  • E
  • doopa
  • love drug
  • disco biscuits
  • XTC
  • Eccy.

Often pills/tablets/caps may not contain any MDMA at all and may contain a wide range of other substances.

Dozens of Australians become seriously ill or die after using party drugs each year.

Visit the Positive Choices website for detailed information about party drugs.

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Hallucinogens

These drugs typically alter how a person perceives the world by changing the way they see, hear, taste, smell or feel different things. Examples include: 

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Depressants

These drugs reduce the activity in the central nervous system. Examples include: 

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Page last updated: 22 Sep 2017