Time for costumes, candy and Jack-o-lanterns!
For some people Halloween may also include Halloween parties. If someone is planning on partying with drugs or alcohol, then it’s important to think about ways to reduce the risk. The safest we can be when it comes to substances is to not use them. We also know that not everyone can, or wants to make that choice all the time. If people are using, it’s important to have accurate information to help reduce the amount of harm that could happen. Even if we aren’t using, this is good info to know because you may find yourself in a position where you can help someone else.
Some general guidelines to partying safer includes
- Eat food
- Drink water
- Be around people you trust
- Have a safe way home or a safe place to crash
- Carry condoms, but also know that consent can’t happen when someone’s drunk or high
- Know your limit
- Start small and let it kick in before deciding to take more
Substances can be broken down into four categories based on how they work in our bodies. Each type of substance can affect the body different so it’s good to learn about the substance you’re interested in doing. Check out each section to learn more: Downers, Uppers, Cannabis, Hallucinogens and Additional Info.
If you’re ever worried about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use then talk with someone you trust. You could talk with a school counsellor, teacher, family member, elder, etc.; essentially someone you trust. Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is a great resource that people can call if they need to talk. They are free to call from anywhere in Manitoba. Their phone number is 1-888-383-2776 or 204-944-6235. You can also check out our Resources page for more supports and info.