Six Essential Tips for Safer Drug Use

Blog December 21, 2021

People use drugs for many reasons, including for fun, to celebrate, to manage physical and mental health challenges, and to cope with stress. The truth is that all drug use carries potential risks – and benefits. And we know arrests and zero tolerance policies don’t stop people from using drugs or protect them from potential harms. In fact, they often increase harms.

At the Drug Policy Alliance, we believe that everyone needs honest, accurate, and non-judgmental information about drugs so they can reduce harm, enhance pleasure, and stay safe. Below are six essential tips that can help us take care of ourselves and each other so drugs can be used in ways that minimize harms and maximize benefits.

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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