We have put together a list of helpful AOD online resources including:
Helplines, online counselling & service directories
Women’s, babies and pregnancy AOD services
LGBTQI AOD services
Mental Health/AOD & Personality Disorder Services
Young people’s AOD services
Prisoners and others involved in the criminal justice system
Alcohol and Other Drug Facts
AIVL NSP directory
Australia-wide but you type your postcode or go to the map
Legal Aid Victoria
Drugs, the law and safer injecting – Victorian legal guide
Return on investment report – NSP 2009
Including substance specific resources, overdose, hep c treatment
An international, online harm-reduction community that hosts forums where people seeking support (reducing use/dependence, harm reduction, education) can speak in a judgement free space.
Helpful, accessible information on how to be safer in a party/festival setting, including information about buying drugs, taking drugs and looking after friends. A list of various party drugs, their street names, and detailed information about each drug. Drug information includes dosage, safer use, duration, administration, detection, effects, combinations.
A national website with drug and alcohol information with specific information for LGBTQIA+ communities (e.g. interactions with HRT and HIV medication). Has a section for Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Sexual Health, Toolkit & Stories. Includes a lot of information about a range of drugs, their effects, treatment, where to go for support etc.
Information on a range of substances, specifically some less reported on psychoactive substances like NBOMe.
Has a drug checker section for information on how different prescription drugs interact with each other.
Drug Aware – Staying Safe
Has a 24hr drug and alcohol support line & live chat, established in 1996, has information on a range of different drugs. Has a great section on advice on how to plan nights out so that everyone stays safe.
“Every individual reacts differently to every chemical. Know your Body – Know your Mind – Know your Substance – Know your Source.” Extremely comprehensive list of substances, with information about dosage, effects, legality, chemistry, potential harms etc. A huge range of psychedelic substances that a lot of other websites do not cover.
One Medical Ecstasy Facts
Realistic, non-sensationalist ecstasy information and info on safer using.
An international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people. Includes info sheets, interventions and interesting relevant articles.
Get the effects by text
A text based information service by the Australian Drug Foundation. This allows people to text in drug names they might have heard and get a text response with information about the drug. It includes different names and ‘street’ names of drugs.
Vice Safe Sesh
A VICE video series on a range of substances. Focussing on Harm Reduction information.
Reach Out – How to Party
Article about safer partying, looking at a few tips on how to reduce potential harms.
Very comprehensive resource on a range of substances. Also has a very informative chart that looks at drug interactions.
Drugs & Me
Accessible drug information focussed on both short-term and long-term effects of a range of popular drugs.
Dutch website with harm reduction information and information about specific drugs. Many documents are translated into English.
Information on a range of substances (dosage, potential harms, effects etc.) as well as a whole range of safe partying resources.
This website specifically focuses on MDMA harm reduction.
Talk to Frank
Information on a range of substances (dosage, potential harms, effects etc.)
Urban 75 Drugs
A resource with helpful drug information on a small selection of substances, along with a peer-run forum.
Comprehensive harm reduction information in an accessible format.
HR VIC Resources
Excellent Victorian based organisation. Focussed on mostly peer written resources for a wide range of substances, resources for responding to overdose, access to treatment/support and advocacy. Drug information includes dosage, safer use, duration, administration, detection, effects, combinations.
Black Poppy Mag
Peer run blog focussing on a whole range of info related to safer using, dealing with dependence, drug law reform, advocacy and general news.
Specific harm reduction and advocacy blog aimed at injecting drug use.
Ask the Caterpillar
A Harm Reduction Chatbot that lets you ask simple questions about drug interactions.
Harm Reduction website focussed on psychedelics. Great resources for tripsitting and care for someone who is experiencing challenging psychedelic effects.
Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling, residential treatment & other services
Self Help Addiction Resource Centre
Association of Participating Service Users
Health and Human Services Information
Alcohol and other drug client charter and resources
Pharmacotherapy guidelines Victoria
Careers in AOD
If you would like to speak to a person who has their own experience of a close family or friend with a substance use issue you can call the Family Drug Helpline.
Support for siblings (whether teenagers or adults) is also available from Family Drug Help. Sibling Support aims to address the mental health and wellbeing of all siblings affected by addiction in the family by providing them with a wide range of interactive online support, including fact sheets, stories, emails, videos and Facebook. Log onto Sharc Sibling Support