Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Drug use among young people is associated with risks to wellbeing, including risky behaviour, mental health issues and criminal activities.

Drugs can interrupt learning, have developmental impacts, and result in social, emotional, financial and health problems that continue into adulthood.

Help for families, children and young people

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)

A confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service for the general public, concerned family and friends, students and health professionals.

The helplines are committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals.

Call 1300 13 13 40 between 8:30 am and 10:00 pm every day.

Know your options

Know your options provides a directory of services, including treatment options and information about how to select a service.

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in schools

Resources are available to support schools to teach about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

Contact your school directly for information on drug education programs at individual schools.

Evidence-based resources

Positive choices is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. It has free access to evidence-based alcohol and other drug education resources for school communities.

The resources are interactive and recognise cultural diversity. Resources are given an evidence rating, based on the amount of supporting research and evidence.

Positive choices has:

  • lessons about alcohol and other drugs, designed for classroom delivery by teachers and supported by evidence
  • regularly updated facts about specific drug types and classes
  • factsheets, videos, games, apps and webinars.

What you can do

If you suspect illicit drugs are present at a school, contact police immediately.

If you suspect that a student or other person has consumed an illicit drug, undertake first aid immediately.

Report child abuse or neglect

To report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect call the child abuse report line (CARL): 13 14 78

The report line is available 24 hours a day.

Related information


For emergencies phone 000.

For police assistance phone 131 444.

Find your local police station - South Australia Police website.

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