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Drug Addiction and Illicit Drugs - Health Info 
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Our medical experts find the best sites covering key medical conditions and problems. They target Australian sites which are informative and easy to read. Sites are rated:
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australian drug foundation (adf)

http://www.adf.org.au/

eMedical rating: 4

For over 40 years this site (ADF) has provided information on drug abuse with an intention to reduce drug problems in the Australian community. The articles have been written for the average Australian with much of the medical terminology removed. This site is easy to use, and updated regularly.

 

Medical Keywords:

Abuse, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, drug, ecstasy, hallucinogens, heroin, LSD, marijuana, methadone, speed, tranquillisers, valium.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Medical Detail
  2. Easy to Read and Navigate
  3. Support Groups Listed
  4. Valuable Links
  5. Authoritative Sources
  6. Australian Site
  7. Quality Presentation

 

the center for education and information on drugs and alcohol (ceida)

http://www.ceida.net.au/

eMedical rating: 4

This site contains information on some commonly abused drugs in Australia. The information is well researched and presented in an appealing manner. Additional information for GPs and other drug workers can be downloaded. The site also contains a useful guide for users of Naltrexone!

 

Medical Keywords:

Abuse, alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, caffeine, cocaine, drug, ecstasy, hallucinogens, heroin, LSD, marijuana, MDMA, methadone, naltrexone, speed, tranquillisers.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Medical Detail
  2. Easy to Read and Navigate
  3. Support Groups Listed
  4. Feedback Facilities
  5. Authoritative Sources
  6. Australian Site
  7. Quality Presentation

 

kids and drugs - a parents guide

http://www.ideal.net.au/~masons/index.html

eMedical rating: 4

A "must read" for parents with teenage kids! Although there is no great medical content the advice for parents is invaluable. The information has been put out by "The Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation". A very relevant site for parents

 

Medical Keywords:

Abuse, addiction, alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, drug, ecstasy, hallucinogens, heroin, LSD, marijuana, methadone, peer pressure, tranquillisers.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Easy to Read and Navigate
  2. Support Groups Listed
  3. Australian Site

 

drugs the facts

http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/phb/hdev/drug/index.html

eMedical rating: 4

This is the web version of the "Turning the Tide - Drugs the facts" booklet put out by the State Government of Victoria. Written for Australians with much of the medical terminology removed.

 

Medical Keywords:

Abuse, addiction, alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, drug, ecstasy, hallucinogens, heroin, LSD, marijuana, methadone, tranquillisers, valium.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Easy to Read and Navigate
  2. Australian Site
  3. Quality Presentation

 

buoyancy

http://www.buoyancy.org.au/

eMedical rating: 4

Unique site offering practical information to the drug user. The site contain online drug counselling and a chat room!

 

Medical Keywords:

Abuse, counselling, drugs

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Easy to Read and Navigate
  2. Feedback Facilities
  3. Australian Site
  4. Quality Presentation

 

national institute on drug abuse

http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDAHome1.html

eMedical rating: 4

A very authoritative site on drug addiction. The information is accurate and at a higher level compared to other sites. The site is updated regularly, and contains a wealth of information. This is probably the most popular site for drug addiction on the web. There is also an update on Buprenorphine! Although an American site a "must read".

 

Medical Keywords:

Abuse, alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, buprenorphine, caffeine, cocaine, drug, ecstasy, hallucinogens, heroin, LSD, marijuana, MDMA, methadone, naltrexone, speed, tranquillisers, valium.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Medical Detail
  2. Quality Presentation

 

the ted noffs foundation

http://www.noffs.org.au/

eMedical rating: 4

A web site for a support group for young drug addicts. They offer programs for secondary school students who have drug use problems. PALM (Program for Adolescent Life Management) is a three month intensive residential program for 14-18 year olds with drug problems. This site is of practical benefit to those adolescents who already abuse drugs. This is a group based in NSW.

 

Medical Keywords:

Abuse, adolescent, drug, harm reduction.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Easy to Read and Navigate
  2. Support Groups Listed
  3. Valuable Links
  4. Australian Site
  5. Quality Presentation

 

anesthesia - assisted opiate detoxification

http://www.heroin-detox.com/

eMedical rating: 3

A wealth of medical information on opiate detoxification. A review of the medical literature for public and professional audiences. There is also a discussion forum with moderated content.

 

Medical Keywords:

Anesthesia, detoxification, naloxone, naltrexone, opiate, withdrawal.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Medical Detail
  2. Feedback Facilities
  3. Authoritative Sources
  4. Includes Message Boards or Chat

 

drugnet home page

http://netdrug.i.am/

eMedical rating: 2

Sound medical information. However, the site connects to other non-Australian pages for some detail. This site is quite comprehensive in the coverage of the topic. However, the site is on a trial basis.

 

Medical Keywords:

Abuse, alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, buprenorphine, caffeine, cocaine, drug, ecstasy, hallucinogens, heroin, LSD, marijuana, MDMA, methadone, naltrexone, speed, tranquillisers, valium.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Medical Detail
  2. Support Groups Listed
  3. Feedback Facilities
  4. Valuable Links
  5. Authoritative Sources
  6. Includes Message Boards or Chat
  7. Australian Site

 

web of addictions

http://www.well.com/www/woa/

eMedical rating: 1

This is an informative site on different types of addictions. It contains a lot of valuable readings on alcoholism. You can also find various links and newsgroups of interest. As the presentation is not of high quality, user may need to go on a bit of treasure hunt to find what they are looking for.


 

Medical Keywords:

Alcohol, alcoholism, Naltrexone, treatment, addiction, abuse, blood alcohol levels, alcohol doses, blood alcohol concentration (BAC), alcohol binge, foetal alcohol syndrome.

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Medical Detail
  2. Easy to Read and Navigate
  3. Valuable Links
  4. Authoritative Sources
  5. Includes Message Boards or Chat
  6. Quality Presentation

 

adf drug hit: ecstasy

http://www.adf.org.au/drughit/facts/ecstasy.html

eMedical rating: 3

This page published by the Australian Drug Foundation discusses ecstasy in a balanced and non-judgemental manner. There is a description of the drug itself, how it is used, and its usual effects - both pleasurable and otherwise. There are useful guidelines on reducing the risks of overheating and having unsafe sex while on "E".

 

Medical Keywords:

ecstasy, ecstacy, e, eccy, xtc, mdma, methylenedioxymethamphetamine, drugs, illicit drugs, street drugs, overdose, side effects, tolerance, dependence, law, legal, risks, risk reduction, harm reduction

 

Key Site Features:

  1. Medical Detail
  2. Easy to Read and Navigate
  3. Support Groups Listed
  4. Feedback Facilities
  5. Valuable Links
  6. Authoritative Sources
  7. Australian Site
  8. Quality Presentation
 
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