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People use alcohol and other drugs for many reasons - it can be 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. Being knowledgeable and mindful about where things could go wrong can help you to be safer.

Six ways to be safer

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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Is it time to change your drug use?

Thinking about your drug use can help you decide whether it's time to make a change. DrugHelp can be useful if you or someone you care about is struggling with their substance drug use.

drughelp.org.nz

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Are you drinking too much alcohol?

Living Sober is a friendly online community where you can talk safely and honestly with others about your relationship with alcohol. Visit and join our thriving community.

livingsober.org.nz