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6 ways to use drugs more safely

People use alcohol and other drugs for many reasons - 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 with these six ways be safer.

Always know what you are taking (don’t trust your dealer)

Avoid mixing

Choose the safest method

Only take as much as you need to get the effect you want

Use with other people who can look out for you

Take time to check that you are really living the life you want

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Drug Index

We believe that access to accurate, clear information is essential to reduce drug-related harm. This index provides harm reduction advice for drugs that are common in New Zealand.

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