Can I donate blood if I’ve used drugs recreationally before?

Maybe. It depends on the type of drug and how and when it was taken. 

We don’t take blood from anyone under the influence of drugs. Being intoxicated affects your ability to understand and answer the donor questionnaire and declaration, as well as your body’s ability to tolerate blood being taken. 

If you’ve injected drugs which weren’t prescribed by a registered medical practitioner, you’ll need to wait 5 years before you can donate.  

We value your privacy and we’re only interested in your safety and the safety of the blood you donate. Call 13 14 95 for a confidential discussion if you’re still not sure.