Illicit Drugs in Sport

The Australian Rugby Union and the Government are working together to develop a greater awareness of the dangers of illicit drugs and the impact they have on our athletes and the broader community.
 
Through the Illicit Drugs in Sport Program, the Government is supporting the Australian Rugby Union to ensure that athletes have the education and support to make the right choices when it comes to illicit drugs.
 
As an athlete you are already committed to taking great care of your body. These days when the difference between winning and losing can be less than a one hundredth of a second, a healthy mind and body is the key to getting the best out of yourself and achieving your full potential.
 
The use of illicit (illegal) drugs can seriously impair the functioning of your mind and body. This can have a major impact on your performance by reducing your ability to train and compete at an optimal level.
 
What’s at stake if you use illicit drugs?
              Your sporting and personal success
              Your health
              Your reputation and that of your team or club
              Your membership of a team
              Your career
              The respect of your family, friends and your community
              A criminal record
 
You will never know just how good you could have been if you hadn’t used illicit drugs.
 
It’s about making good choices.
 
If you think that you have a problem with drugs, or know someone who may have a problem with drugs, the first step to getting help is to start talking. Talk to your coach, team official, or someone you can trust, such as a friend or family member.
 
For more information about illicit drugs, see the policy section on this website, or to get help please contact: 1800 250 105 (free call) or see www.australia.gov.au/drugs 

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