Illicit drugs in sport

Page last updated: 02 August 2016

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Illicit drugs can be harmful to athletes and bring sport into disrepute. There are many examples of how drug and alcohol abuse can destroy the careers of successful young athletes. The use of illicit drugs in sport is particularly undesirable because so many young Australians look up to our athletes as role models.

The Australian Government continues to support national sporting organisations to ensure Australian athletes have the education and support to make the right choices when it comes to illicit drugs.

The Australian Government has made available an Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDiS) online education program. This is an interactive multi-media resource developed by the National Integrity of Sport Unit in partnership with the Australian Sports Commission.

The IDiS program supports the Government’s strong commitment to promoting clean competition and keeping Australian athletes at all levels free from the influence of illicit drugs and performance enhancing substances.

Getting help

If you think you have a problem with drugs, or know someone who may have a problem with drugs, the first step in getting help is to start talking. Talk to a counsellor, health professional or someone else you can trust, such as a friend or family member.

For more information about illicit drugs or to get help please contact: 1800 250 015 (free call) or see National Drugs Campaign website.

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