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Drug Harm Reduction

We understand some students may try drugs during their time at university. Whilst we don’t condone this, we want to ensure that if you do choose to take drugs, you are as informed as possible, and take steps to take them as safely as possible. Read our drug harm reduction guidance and if you are worried about your or your friends drug use seek local confidential support through Sheffield DACT.


Drug Harm Reduction Guidance

  • If you are going to use drugs, make sure you are with friends. It's not a good idea to be on your own - being with friends helps when you come down.

  • Always tell each other what you're taking, so if one of you runs into trouble of any sort, the others will know what to do.

  • The effects of drugs can vary according to where you are, who you're with, how you're feeling emotionally at the time and how physically fit you are. Also, the lighter you weigh, the more powerful the effect. It's best to avoid drugs if you're feeling depressed or anxious - they could make you feel worse.

  • Be especially careful if you're taking prescribed drugs - you may accidentally produce reactions you're not prepared for.

  • Don't drive. Alcohol and drugs affect your perceptions and reaction times -you could drive dangerously. It is now an offence to drive with certain drugs above a specified level in your blood - just as it is with drink driving. The limits for all illegal drugs are extremely low – taking even a very small amount of an illegal drug could put you over the limit. The police are looking out more for drivers using drugs and you could lose your licence or even face jail time. See

  • Try not to buy from strangers -or in the dark - you can never be sure of what you're buying. Drugs are not quality controlled so you never know what's in them. They may be stronger/purer than you anticipate.

  • Many drugs make you feel more confident or simulated sexually, but always practise safer sex for obvious health reasons - risk of sexually transmitted disease, HIV infection, unwanted pregnancy. Be aware that you and others might consent to things you wouldn't when sober. Take care to look out for your sexual partners.

  • If you are pregnant, you may experience effects from drugs you don't anticipate. It could also affect your baby.

  • If you are injecting drugs, never inject alone.

(Guidance taken from Drugscope)


Useful links

Sheffield DACT

Sheffield drug & alcohol treatment service

Or talk in confidence: (0114) 272 1481

Drugs Meter

For anonymous, personalised feedback on your drug use