Taking drugs always carries a risk and can potentially be harmful. If you choose to take drugs please bear in mind the following points
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Start low, go slow
Start with a small dose & wait until you’ve been feeling the effects for at least 2 hours before redosing. Remember drugs are becoming more and more potent & are not instantaneous, so resist the urge to re-dose too quickly.
Avoid Mixing Drugs
Avoid mixing different drugs, especially with alcohol. Drugs could react together in a bad way & produce long-term health consequences. This is also a way to overdose without realising. Drugs + Me offers an interactive guide around drug combinations.
Stay hydrated with non-alcoholic drinks
Remember to sip non-alcohol drinks throughout the evening, and don’t drink more than a pint an hour
There are no set doses
Age, weight, gender, ethnic background & even how tired you are, all play a part in drug metabolism. Your friend’s dose may not be the right one for you.
Avoid using drugs when depressed or anxious
Taking drugs can make these feelings worse, either during the drug taking itself or as an effect of the comedown.
Don't be afraid to seek help
Do seek help from staff or emergency services and be honest about what drugs you have taken. If your friend is unwell, stay with them until help comes.
More support needed?
If you feel that you are no longer happy with your use or if the negative impacts are outweighing the positives, you can get support to make changes.
If you need support with specific drugs we have more information here:
If you’d like to speak to someone about reducing the risks and the harms of drug and alcohol use, you can self-refer into Bristol Drugs Project call 01179 876000 to speak to a BDP worker about your drug or alcohol use, or contact the Out Of Hours Team.
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