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Drugs

CUSU does not support the use of any drugs. There is no way to use drugs 100% safely, so the best option is not to take them at all! However, if you are going to take drugs: 

  • Know what you're taking: Never take unknown substances, especially from people you don't know. It's important you know what you have taken, and how much, in case of emergency. 
  • Avoid mixing: Don't mix substances, as this can lead to greater risk. You should also avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs. 
  • Don't rush: If you don’t feel the effects of the drug straight away, don’t take more. This can lead to accidental overdose. 
  • Ask for help: It's important to be honest about your use - don't avoid asking for help. If you are worried about your drug use, or that of someone else, support services are available. 

Safe Sex 

Sex is not something that has to happen on a night out, however it is something that many students engage in following a night out - often following alcohol consumption.

  • Get Consent: It’s key that before engaging in sexual activity, you understand consent and the impact alchohol & drugs may have on this, we recommend checking out our I Heart Consent Campaign. 
  • Stock Up: If you feel you might have sex on your night out, ensure you carry the safe sex supplies you need which might include lube sachets and condoms - and use them! 
  • Next Steps: Remember to take care of your sexual wellbeing. There are many ways to get free STI tests , many of which you can do at home! If you think your safe sex supplies might have failed, you might also consider the use of emergency contraception, you can find your local service here

Safe Drinking

  • Know your intake: You should drink no more than 14 units per week, spread over 3 days. If you want to keep track of your alcohol consumption, you can download the MyDrinkAware app. 
  • Alternate & hydrate: Drinking a glass of water between your drinks keeps you hydrated and reduces your alcohol consumption, better still, all bars should provide you water for free! 
  • Eat before you drink:  When there is food in your stomach before drinking, alcohol is absorbed more slowly, and stops you getting drunk too quickly. 
  • Remember that you don’t need to drink!: There is no pressure to consume alcohol at any time during university, and you can enjoy yourself just as much (if not more) whilst sober.
  • Keep your drink safe: Never leave your drink unoccupied, don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know, and consider purchasing a cover for your drink. We'll be giving out Spikeys during Welcome Week. 

Support yourself and those around you!

  • Stay together: If you are socialising with other people, make sure you stay together where you can and ensure no one is left on their own - especially at the end of the night. Appoint a place wherever you are to meet your friends if you get lost. 
  • Be an active bystander: Watch out for the safety of others. If you see someone in trouble, consider alerting people who can help, and if safe to do so, ask the person if they are okay. 
  • Keep in touch: If you plan on going somewhere else or going home, let everyone know that you came with. Make sure you all have each other’s numbers/WhatsApp group so that you can find each other and keep in touch.
  • Don't engage in danger: If you see a hostile situation or fight, don't intervene yourself. Alert bouncers, staff or the police. 

Safe Travel

  • Public Transport: Save bus/train timetables on your phone, and set an alarm on your phone so you don't miss your last one! Try to sit near other people, or the driver where possible. 
  • Taxis: Prebook your taxi where possible, and always ensure your taxi is licenced. Never get into a vehicle with a stranger. Remember, no journey is ever to short. By law taxis and minicabs are not allowed to refuse a journey for being too short.
  • Walking: If you have to walk home, don’t go alone, where possible make sure you walk home with the people you went out with. Stick to well-lit main roads and visible walking routes (avoid fields, alleyways, small side streets) and always walk so that you’re facing the oncoming traffic. Avoid canals and bodies of water. 
  • Track your journey: Use your smartphone to share your location with a friend or family member. Be aware of your surroundings, wearing headphones or talking on the phone reduces your awareness of what’s going on around you.

Get Organised 

  • Download Safe Apps: SafeZone is a free app that promotes safety across Coventry University campuses. Students and staff in these locations can now download it from the App Store or Google Play. Users should log on to the app using their normal university sign-in details.
  • Take what you need: Only take what you need with you, and avoid taking lots of valuables or large amounts of cash with you. 
  • Plan your journey home: Plan how you're getting home and remember to prebook travel where you can. 
  • Let others know your plan: Make sure you let other people know what your plan is for the evening, you might consider letting people know what time you plan to be home, and where you're likely to visit. 
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