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About Drug Info

Drug Info is a free drug and alcohol information service for the community of NSW. 

Drug Info is a partnership between the NSW Ministry of Health and the State Library of NSW.

Information is provided to the community via the Drug Info website, a collection of  plain language books and factsheets held in NSW public libraries and public programs delivered by public library staff.

The Drug Info service is co-ordinated by staff of the Drug Info service at the State Library of NSW. Drug Info staff administer the Drug Info website, provide updates to the book collections in public libraries, and assist libraries to deliver the service and programs to their communities. 

You can contact Drug Info staff at

If you have a drug and alcohol information enquiry, you can contact  State Library staff via the Ask a Librarian  service or contact the Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS).

Public library collections

All NSW public libraries have regularly updated standard collections consisting of a plain language book collection and a pamphlet/factsheet collection. Public library collections are selected and regularly updated by specialist staff at the State Library of New South Wales in consultation with experts in the field.

Current book collection titles:

  • The grog book
  • A guide to coping: support for families faced with problematic drug use
  • Healthy spirit, healthy community: a guide to drugs and alcohol within our community
  • A quick guide to drugs & alcohol
  • Teenagers, alcohol and drugs: what your kids really want and need to know about alcohol and drugs

The book collection is available in NSW public libraries.

Public library programs

Drug Info staff assist libraries to deliver two drug and alcohol awareness and education programs to their communities. 

Know Your Standards

Know Your Standards is an alcohol awareness program delivered in public libraries in NSW.  The aim of the program is to provide community members with information and resources to improve their knowledge and awareness of standard drinks and the Australian Alcohol Guidelines. 

Know Your Drug Facts

Know Your Drug Facts is a drug education program and awareness campaign delivered in public libraries in NSW. The aim of the program is to provide community members with information and resources to improve their knowledge and awareness of legal and illegal drugs, their effects and the consequences of their use.

Ordering promotional material

Drug Info can provide free promotional material to support your community events .



Drug Info has been providing accessible drug information to communities through public libraries and the web since 2002. Drug Info started in March 2002 as part of the NSW Community Drug Information Strategy. The service was developed in response to the NSW Government's 1999 Drug Summit.