In these lectures, we examine the health effects of the two major illicit drug classes of the greatest clinical concern, the Psychostimulants and the Opioids. The illicit, and licit, use of these two drugs classes has had major impacts worldwide on morbidity and mortality. For each drug class we examine the major forms that these drugs take, and how they are consumed. We also cover topics such as withdrawal syndromes, the toxicity of these substances, mortality, their effects upon each of the major organ systems, as well as mental health.



‘Drugs and the Body’ is a nine-part video series being released in 2023 by NDARC featuring Professor Shane Darke. The video series will be covering material found in the following books The Clinician‘s Guide to Illicit Drugs and Health and The Pocket Guide to Drugs and Health.