The Students’ Union is distributing drug testing kits on a ‘pay as you need’ basis. They will be available soon from reception upon request for a recommended donation of £2 each, or from the well being cupboard in the well being area.
If you choose to use drugs it is important to think about where your drugs have come from, and how you can minimise harm from drugs, whilst still having a good time. You can use these kits to test the purity of your drugs in case they contain substances other than that they were advertised as.
The kits work by putting some of the substance into a solution, which will change colour based on what is in it. Make sure you follow the instructions on the kit, particularly that you don’t take the bit of drug that you put in the solution as it will be toxic.
"I think it's really important to take a harm reduction approach to drugs as opposed to a zero tolerance stance. Students are very likely to take drugs and it's super important to make sure that if they are going to use substances, they do so safely!”
"This is why the kits are so useful, as they allow students to see what is in the drugs they are planning to take, and therefore to make an informed choice about what they're taking. The kits will come with lots of drug safety information, as well as signpost to drug and alcohol support.”
"The idea is to make sure that, if they are struggling, students feel comfortable to access help, and don't feel like they are going to get in trouble for coming forward.”- Grainne Gahan, Welfare Officer
Remember, it is better to be sure. If you’re going to take illegal drugs, it is safer to test them first to prevent harm and potentially save your life.
The University Counselling Service offers confidential support from professionals who are specially trained in drug and alcohol support. You can access the University’s Student Life Centre for informal support and advice.
To find out more about these options visit www.sussex.ac.uk/wellbeing.