While we often think of drugs as either ‘legal’ or ‘illegal’, the truth is most of the time they’re somewhere in between. This means that although the substance might be technically legal, there are laws that restrict how it can be used.

Take alcohol for example, while it’s illegal to buy it (or have an adult buy it for you) if you’re under 18, as soon as that birthday comes around it’s readily available to you. And while ketamine is technically a legal substance, it’s also restricted, meaning if it’s not prescribed by a doctor or vet it’s considered illegal.

If you get caught using a substance illegally, having it on you, growing or trafficking it, you may be charged.

f you get caught using a substance illegally, having it on you, growing or trafficking it, you may be charged. However if you’re under 18 and caught with a small amount of an illegal drug, you may have the option of attending an education program or treatment to save you from being charged with a criminal offence. 

For more information on drugs and the law, head to 
http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/topics/drug-law-in-australia.