Tackling illegal drugs

Setting a clear standard when it comes to illegal drugs makes your club a winner.

We know your club is all about enjoying the sport you love, playing a decent game or setting a PB, and enjoying the company of friends.

But sometimes unexpected things happen, and it’s good to get ahead of the game and be prepared with a drug policy. After all, alcohol and other drugs can affect any community or sporting club.

Your club is a positive role model

Drugs such as amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin are illegal. There has also been a recent emergence of new psychoactive substances (NSPs) or ‘synthetic drugs’.

Manufacturers of NSPs develop new chemicals to replace those that are banned, which means that the chemical structures of the drugs are constantly changing to try to stay ahead of the law. This doesn't make them any safer.

When it comes to all illegal drugs, there is no control over the price, quality or the amount of the active ingredients in the drug – unlike prescription medications and other legal substances where it is more carefully monitored and controlled.

It might surprise you to know that more than 40% of Australians aged 14 or over have tried an illegal substance. Chances are, no matter what age or sport, there is somebody at every club who has experienced illegal drug use. Whether it’s themselves or other people in their life.

Community sport is not just about the game. Clubs can play an important role in helping to reduce and prevent harm from drugs and alcohol by modelling positive behaviours.

Covering illegal drugs in your policy keeps standards high and shows you are a leader in the community – a definite draw card for families and sponsors.

Treatment and penalties

Federal and state laws provide penalties for possessing, using, producing, selling or driving under the influence of illegal drugs. Penalties can include fines, jail, and driving bans.

States and territories also have programs that divert people with alcohol or drug issues to treatment or education programs. They can get the help they need rather than going through the criminal justice system.

Get more information on alcohol and other drugs on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website.