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Get the effects by text


Skunk? Dope? Hooch?

Have you ever heard the name of a drug in passing or in conversation with your kids and not known what it was or what its effects are?

The Australian Drug Foundation’s Get the effects by txt! SMS service is the answer to your problem. It’s an effective way of staying informed with reliable information about different drugs and their effects, wherever you are.

Simply text a drug name you want to know about to 0439 TELL ME (0439 835 563).  You’ll then receive an SMS about the effects of the drug, as well as links to further information and help.

For example, if you text pot (or dope, weed etc.) to 0439 TELL ME (0439 835 563). You’ll receive this SMS:

Cannabis Depressant Feel relaxed Affects coordination & motivation Heavy longterm use linked 2 memory loss & mental health probs druginfo.adf.org.au 1800888236

The reply also lists a number of the drug’s effects, links to find further information on our DrugInfo website and a DirectLine phone number (1800 888 236) for 24/7 free and confidential counselling and referral.

Slang, street and cultural names for different drugs are continually evolving, so this practical SMS service can help you stay up-to-date so you can have a more informed conversation with your kids.



How much does it cost to use?

Standard network rates apply to text 0439 835 563. Messages received are free.

What if someone needs help or is in serious trouble or danger?

The service picks up certain key words, such as HELP, and advises people to either call triple zero (000) in an emergency, or DirectLine (1800 888 236) – to connect to local treatment services and further health information.

What about my privacy?

The service is 100% confidential. See the Australian Drug Foundation’s privacy policy for more details.


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