Drugs of dependence

What are drugs of dependence?

The use of drugs of dependence in South Australia is regulated by the controlled substances legislation and monitored by SA Health’s Drugs of Dependence Unit (DDU). The DDU helps ensure South Australians continue to have access to appropriate treatment while minimising the potential harms associated with drug dependence, misuse, and diversion.

Drugs of dependence are prescription medicines that have a recognised therapeutic need but also a higher potential for misuse, abuse and dependence. The Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) classifies poisons and medicines into different schedules (for example schedule 4 – Prescription Only Medicine and Schedule 8 – Controlled drug).

What you need to know about drugs of dependence

Online Privileged Circular

I have read and understand the following conditions of use regarding the Online Privileged Circular:

Under Section 58 of the Controlled Substances Act 1984 (SA), the Minister responsible for the Act is permitted to publish information relating to persons who have been determined on reasonable grounds as having:

  • A history of consuming drugs in a quantity or manner that presents a risk to the person’s health, or
  • Obtained or attempted to obtain drugs by false pretences or other unlawful means, or
  • Obtained or attempted to obtain drugs for an unlawful purpose, for the purpose of preventing or restricting further supply of these drugs to those persons.

Any information disclosed to me may not represent the listed person’s complete picture of drug-seeking or unlawful behaviour.

There may be people who are obtaining drugs by false pretences or unlawful means who are not captured by the Circular.

It is a condition of this agreement that I must not disclose my password, or any information contained in the Online Privileged Circulars, to any other person except so far as is necessary to prevent or restrict further supplies of drugs


Obtaining access

Please complete the Privileged Circular Access Application form (PDF 218KB) to obtain access to the Online Privileged Circular.

Further information

For more information on drugs of dependence, contact the Drugs of Dependence Unit.

Drugs of Dependence Unit

Phone: 1300 652 584
Fax: 1300 658 447
Email:  HealthDrugsofDependenceUnit@sa.gov.au
Post: PO Box 6, Rundle Mall, Adelaide South Australia 5000