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Guest Post: VP Welfare & Community Hanna discusses Substance Use

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Following the events that took place at a local festival over the weekend, your VP Welfare & Community Hanna Head wanted to reach out with a statement: 

We were sad to hear about the deaths of two young people over the weekend at Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth. With more festivals and events coming up in the summer, I’d like to take this time to remind our students that, no matter what precautions you take, there is always a risk when taking substances. These risks can also be higher when taking substances that are illegal and therefore unregulated.

Because of this, and recent research that highlights student drug use, I feel it’s important to highlight the harm reduction advice that’s available to any student who chooses to take drugs.

  • Talking Drugs and Drugsand.me have information to support you on reducing harm.
  • Release have guidance on the legal issues with drug use as well as a new app.
  • The Loop will be onsite at a number of festivals this summer providing drug testing facilities.

All events should have medical and welfare provisions, and if at any point you feel unwell please make sure you seek help immediately.

We’d like to remind students that no drug use is safe, but that there are a number of measures that can be taken to reduce the harm. Solent Students’ Union in no way condones or encourages drug use, but is committed to providing welfare information to support our students. We also have an active policy to promote harm reduction initiatives around drug use.

If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this post, please get in touch with your VP Welfare & Community Hanna at: su.welfare@solent.ac.uk 

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