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An illicit drug is defined as any drug which is illegal to possess or use or any legal drug used in an illegal manner, for example:
  • a drug obtained on prescription but given or sold to another person to use
  • glue or petrol which is sold legally, but is used in a manner that is not intended, such as inhaling fumes
  • stolen pharmaceuticals sold on the black market (e.g. Pethidine)



AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2008. 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: first results. Drug Statistics Series number 20.Cat. no. PHE 98. Canberra: AIHW.


The 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report defines illicit drugs as illegal drugs (such as marijuana/cannabis), prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals (such as analgesics/pain-killers or tranquillisers/sleeping pills) used for illicit purposes, and other substances used inappropriately (such as naturally occurring hallucinogens and inhalants).


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