This week Ulster University Students Union is running its Drug and Alcohol awareness campaign. This campaign aims to reduce the harm of drugs and alcohol for students by educating them on the steps to take to keep themselves safe if they are taking drugs and Alcohol. Our next part of this campaign will focus on “What’s in the powder?”
A number of different types of drugs come in white powder form. When buying illicit white powders you can never be fully sure of the contents. A range of new psychoactive substances have been found in drugs sold as cocaine, amphetamine and MDMA.
It is always safest not to take unknown or illicit drugs at all
But if you do decide to take powders:
1) It is less risky to start with a small test dose to see what effect the drug has on you. However, you cannot remove the risk entirely; small doses can also be dangerous.
2) Not all powders are suitable for snorting. Plan how you will take your powder in advance.
3) Wait 2 hours. Some drugs take longer to take effect than others.
4) Use your own tooter. Sniffing off unclean surfaces such as toilet seats/phones and sharing your tooter increases the risk of getting infections including blood-borne viruses.
5) Rinse out your nose with water afterward. Some powders clump in the nose and drip down the throat. Ketamine, in particular, can cause harm to your stomach.
6) Rehydrate with water or isotonic drinks regularly, but don't go over a pint per hour. If dancing, take regular breaks.
7) Avoid mixing with other drugs including alcohol and prescription medication. Mixing drugs can be unpredictable and may place greater strain on your heart or other internal organs.
8) Use in a safe environment. The use of psychoactive substances in clubs or at festivals can be frightening if you begin tripping or fall into a K-Hole
9) Seek help if needed and be honest with emergency services about what you think you've taken.
10) Seek help if needed and be honest with emergency services about what you think you've taken.
If you are concerned about a substance that you or a friend have taken:
Don't take any more
Don't take other drugs
Seek medical advice
The Students’ Union in no way condones the use of illegal drugs
VP Campaigns and Communications