Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS)

The Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) provides a telephone and email service for South Australian health professionals seeking clinical information and clarification around clinical procedures, guidelines and evidence-based practice.

This service does not provide proxy medical cover and cannot assume responsibility for direct patient care.

Contacts and operating hours

Telephone: (08) 7087 1742 24 hours a day 7 days/week including public holidays
Email: HealthDACASEnquiries@sa.gov.au

Out of these hours, medically urgent calls from a hospital based Medical Consultant or country hospital medical officer/GP will always receive a response.

Factsheets for GP’s

The following factsheets and other clinical information may assist health professionals in the treatment of alcohol and other drug related presentations in a general practice setting.

Alcohol — clinical information and resources

Amphetamines —  clinical information and resources

Benzodiazepines —  clinical information and resources

Cannabis —  clinical information and resources

Gamma Hydroxy Butyric Acid (GHB) —  clinical information and resources

Opioids —  clinical information and resources

  • Opioid withdrawal management includes:
    • Inpatient management of people on methadone or Suboxone for opioid dependence admitted to hospital plus COWS (Clinical Opioid Withdrawal Scale)
    • Inpatient management of people withdrawing from unsanctioned (illicit or prescribed) plus COWS (Clinical Opioid Withdrawal Scale)
    • Outpatient opioid withdrawal management

DASSA referral information

Other information

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)

Telephone 1300 13 1340

A confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service. 
(Available 8.30 am to 10.00 pm, 7 days for SA callers only).

Know Your Options


Support people to access alcohol and other drug treatment services in South Australia. 
The website includes a service directory, information for health professionals about alcohol and other drug treatment, information about selecting a service.