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People use alcohol and other drugs for many reasons - as a way to cope, to self-medicate, or just to be social and have fun. Whatever the reason, there's always a risk of harm. Be knowledgeable and mindful about where things could go wrong.

For people who do experience problems with their drug use, friends, family and whānau are a central support to achieving the change they want. Support is varied and does not mean covering for someone and cleaning up after them, but providing love and care when you can and within the boundaries that you set. 

Preparing students to live in a world where alcohol and drugs exist

We all want young people to succeed. Some young people have challenges that get in the way of their education, and drug and alcohol use is one of these. Schools are people working in this space can help young people by building their knowledge, skills and resilience in relation to making better decisions about alcohol and drugs alongside helping them to shape a positive character. 

Managing alcohol and other drugs in the workplace 

Impairment from alcohol, drugs or medications in the workplace is a health and safety risk. This includes intoxication and comedown effects such as a hangover. In workplaces that are safety critical employers can legally require employees to undergo drug testing but this needs to be outlined in any employment agreement. 

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