What about drugs? Ones that aren’t given by prescription?

All drugs are illegal, excluding prescription medication or over the counter medications. The law is very strict and penalties can be high, including going to prison.

If you are present in a place where there are drugs found such as a car or house, you can be charged by police, even if the drugs are not yours, if you knew that the drugs were there. If you have prescription medication you should always keep it in its original packaging to prove you are entitled to it. It is illegal to possess or use prescription medication without a valid prescription. For example, if your friend asks you to hold onto their prescription medication for them and the police find you in possession of that medication without a prescription, you can be charged with an offence. Similarly, it is also illegal to manufacture, cultivate, sell or supply any prescription medication.

Any person convicted of a drug offence will receive a criminal record. A criminal record can lead to difficulties in obtaining a job, credit or visas for overseas travel.