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Drug use and nights out

Not everyone uses drugs on nights out and at parties, but for those who choose to, we want to raise awareness of the current risks and provide people with information to help them reduce harms.
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Everyone is different

How you react to drugs will be based on personal factors such as your physical and mental health as well as your tolerance to substances.

Higher strength drugs means higher risk

The strength of drugs such as MDMA (pills, powders/crystals) and cocaine can vary, this means you can’t be sure how you will react each time you use. High strength products have been found by the HSE in Ireland.Higher strength drugs increase the risks. It may be easier to quickly take too much too soon.

We're also currently concerned about the risk of drugs known as synthetic cannabinoids appearing in cannabis products such as herbal, edibles.

Drug emergencies

Drug emergencies can happen when you take too much of a drug for your body to handle or if you ‘mix drugs’. Things that increase your risk of a drug emergency include, if you stopped use and start again (change in tolerance), if high strength drugs are in circulation (you can take too much too soon), you take more than one substance at a time, you take new types of drugs, your own physical or mental health reasons or taking drugs that are easy to overdose with (for example GHB).

How you can reduce the harms if you use drugs on nights out

It's safer not to use and there will be different risks based on your personal factors, the drug (what it contains, how much you use and if you use with other drugs) as well as where you use and who you use with.

If you choose to use:

More information


If you're concerned about your own or someone else’s substance use, contact the HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline on 1800 459 459 Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm or email

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The HSE and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) ask students to think about drug safety measures when using club drugs
Harm reduction messages from the #SaferStudentNights campaign.
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