Spring break! It’s a time for some much-needed relaxation, sleep and socializing. Whether you’re traveling or staying close to home, it’s important to stay safe when you or those around you are drinking or using other drugs. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Have fun and skip the alcohol or other drugs
Regardless of your plans, staying sober is always an option. No, you won’t be the only one, and yes, you can still have fun. To make it easier to not use when others are, plan what you’ll say to turn down offers to drink or use.
Lower your risk if choosing to use
The healthiest and least-risky choice is to avoid using alcohol or other drugs. However, if you choose to use, here’s how to lower your risk:
- Use alcohol in moderation and space your drinks.
- Use only low-potency THC or cannabis and go slow.
- Only use pills as prescribed for you by a medical professional and from a licensed pharmacy.
- Avoid mixing substances, including alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs.
- Use only when others are around so they can help if you need it.
- Many drugs and counterfeit pills are laced with dangerous ingredients like fentanyl. Use a fentanyl test strip before taking any drugs purchased anyplace other than a licensed pharmacy or dispensary.
- Carry Narcan, a safe medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Learn more about Narcan at UWM.
- Plan for getting home safely with a sober ride.
Help someone who’s had too much
Learn the signs of overdose and what you can do to help. If you’re staying local, keep in mind that UWM’s victim assistance policy and Wisconsin Good Samaritan laws prioritize safety over citations for people who are drinking or using drugs. If you’re traveling, make sure you have a sober driver and a cell signal in case of emergency.
Finally, reach out if you think or know you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol or other drugs. Please contact a professional at the Student Health and Wellness Center. If you or a loved one is facing a mental health crisis or in need of immediate support, call or text UW Mental Health Support 24/7 at 888-531-2142, or start a chat in the UW Mental Health Support 24/7 Portal.
Help is available and people with substance use problems can and do get better.