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This Section details both 'Prescription' & 'illicit' Drugs. Despite the fact that Alcohol is considered a 'drug', its wide-spread and culturally accepted nature necessitated a specific dedicated section. For information relating to Alcohol please click here.




Most Dangerous Drugs (pt. 1 of 5)

Please refer to our Multimedia Video section for Parts 2 to 5 of this documentary.


No matter what you think about the use of drugs; whether they’re harmless or non-addictive, there are certain ABSOLUTE FACTS that you need to be aware of. These will enable you to make an informed decision when offered or taking the various substances available today.    


No-one is sitting in judgment over the person who uses illicit drugs; it is their choice. But before you begin or continue to use, please note the following: 





(1)  There are always negative side effects from illicit drugs.


(2)  Those who sell or provide drugs are ‘in it for the money’. They do not care about you, your health, your family, your football career, your children, your future etc.. It is for profit and ‘easy money’. They are not philanthropists or benevolent ‘party animals’; they are greedy & selfish.


(3)  Illicit drugs will always affect your playing performance, whether it is short term or           

         long term. 


 (4) Despite arguments to the contrary regarding the above three (3) points,

       there remains one (1) fact that isabsolute and that is;..... the possession & use of illicit drugs

       is illegal



Think twice before accepting a substance (knowingly or unknowingly) from another because 'it might make you feel better'; or 'might help with your problems'; or 'help you enjoy yourself' or 'forget your troubles'. There is no 'magic cure' to issues in our lives. There is no 'potion' or 'pill' or 'substance' that will 'take it all away' or solve it. For you own sake; career and family........be careful.


Think before you take something offered to you. What is it? What are the potential results?

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The repercussions of illicit drug use, if caught, are serious; not only from the legal standpoint, but also with respect to your future as a professional, semi professional, aspiring professional or amateur Rugby League Player. 


The league has taken a strong stance regarding the use of drugs and has instituted testing in accordance with their very strict guidelines. The individual clubs likewise have their own policies about drug use & their own particular penalties. 


The act of ‘casually’, ‘innocently’ or ‘mistakenly’ taking an illicit substance is no longer tolerated. To purposely take a drug and attempt to mask its presence or avoid detection is becoming increasingly difficult. The end result of drug use is potentially career threatening. 


The league, the legal system & society take a very dim view to the partaking of illicit substances,; even more so when you are an elite athlete.


This section on ‘Drugs’ details the most commonly used substances & those whose popularity is a little more widespread among the sporting community. Drugs such as ‘heroin’ are not as relevant to the purpose of the exercise. To detail every illicit substance ‘out there’ would require (and has required) its’ own dedicated book or website. 


Click here for list of 'Banned Substances'.



 for specific information on selected substances click on the links below


Marijuana/Cocaine/Amphetamines & Methamphetamines/Steroids/Prescription Medication/Ecstasy


Click here for our 'Fact Sheets'

Should you have concerns regarding any issue relating to your 'mental or physical well-being', 'Kick off' strongly recommend you seek professional assistance. This may entail contacting your GP or similar clinician (Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Counsellor etc.). You may also contact the appropriate agency or service that might assist you. Irrespective of your choice, ensure you see someone who might help. 


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