Minimizing Risks & Harms

Alcohol:

  • Pace yourself
  • Set a time limit on how long you are going to drink
  • Have a safe plan for getting home (don’t drink and drive).
  • If possible, keep track of haw much you are drinking
  • choose beer or wine over liquor
  • drink slowly
  • eat something substantial before or while drinking
  • drink when already relaxed and not to relax
  • savour the experience or the quality of what you are drinking
  • never drink alone
  • never leave your drink unattended in a bar
  • only accept unopened drinks from strangers
  • beware of unfamiliar drinks
  • never drive

Psychoactive Drugs:

  • ü  make sure you know what you are taking
  • ü  Don’t share equipment such as needles, straws, crack pipes that may lead to the transmission of bodily fluids and risks of HIV/HCV.
  • Avoid mixing substances
  • Learn what you are taking by going to a reliable source
  • If you experience withdrawal symptoms get medical help
  • Monitor changes in the pattern of how you use
  • Get immediate help if you or others lose consciousness or collapse from dehydration, etc.
  • If you use alone be prepared by having water, money, food and meds (HIV, etc).
  • Call in and let friends know where you are from time to time
  • Know your environment
  • Know your drug and what the effects are
  • Be prepared for sexual activity bring along condoms, etc.
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