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Student Wellness

Substance use health

Using responsibly

Substance use involves consuming various substances, including alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications, and illicit drugs. As we explore student life and social experiences, you may find access to these substances in certain scenes. Substance use can have harmful consequences. It is important to recognize ways to use substances safely or avoid involuntary involvement.

It's normal
to be curious about using drugs and alcohol.

People aged 15-24
are more likely to experience substance use disorders than any other age group.

is when substance use starts to interfere with a person's life.



Tips for safer substance use


Know what you are taking

Make sure you are aware of what substances you are taking, whether it is alcohol, prescription medication, or illicit drugs. Understand the potential risks and side effects associated with each substance.


Avoid mixing substances

Mixing different substances, such as alcohol and drugs, can be extremely dangerous and can lead to unpredictable effects. Avoid combining substances to reduce the risk of adverse reactions.


Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water when using substances to avoid dehydration, which can worsen the effects of the substance and lead to health complications.


Use in a safe and comfortable environment

Use substances in a safe and comfortable environment with people you trust. Avoid using substances in unfamiliar or unsafe places, which can increase the risk of accidents, injuries, or being taken advantage of.


Use with a friend or buddy

It's always safer to use substances with a friend or buddy who can keep an eye on you and ensure you are okay. Look out for each other and agree on a plan in case one of you experiences negative effects.

Always have a naloxone kit on hand: Naloxone kits can reverse an overdose and save lives. They're free to the UFV community and learning to use one is easy. Learn how to pick up a naloxone kit


Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery

Never drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence of substances. This can lead to accidents and injuries, and can put yourself and others at risk.

When to reach out for help

If you are struggling with substance use or are experiencing negative effects, seek help from a trusted friend, family member, or health professional. There are resources available to support you.

UFV resources

Community resources

Please note that this website does not constitute, and should not be interpreted as, medical advice, diagnosis, or opinion. This website is for informational purposes only and is not guaranteed to be accurate, complete, reliable, or error-free. This website is not intended as a tool for self-diagnosis, is not a recommendation of a specific treatment plan or healthcare provider, and is not a substitute for proper medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek a consultation with a qualified medical or health professional.