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Drug Risk Reduction Information


There are always risks when taking drugs. Remember to look after yourself and care for others. 

Things that can affect your experience and wellbeing include:

It is always safer not to use at all, but if you do, follow harm reduction information below to reduce the harms.

Know the signs of an emergency 'overdose'

A drug overdose is when you have too much of a drug. It’s hard to know how much is ‘too much’. Drugs such as MDMA are increasing in purity.

It is also hard to know how you will react if you use more than one substance. For example, a combination of alcohol, MDMA and Cocaine.

You can also become unwell as a result of personal factors and reactions to the substance.

Learn about drug overdose factors and signs here

Leave the mixing to the DJ – Any time you mix drugs together you take on new risks






Harm reduction

For harm reduction information go to

See our overdose reduction tips here

For student specific campaigns go to Safer Student Nights

Learn about how alcohol can interact with other drugs 

Concerned about your use?

Take the online self-assessment to identify the impact of your use:

Getting support for substance use

If you are concerned about your own use or someone else’s use, contact a local service through the National Directory for Drug and Alcohol Services at

You can also contact the HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline on 1800 459 459 from Monday to Friday between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm or email

Sexual health

For information about sexual health and wellbeing go to


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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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