A drug is any substance that causes a change in someone’s mental, emotional, or physical state. This includes many illegal drugs such as stimulants, psychedelics, opioids and amphetamines.
All substance use carries some risk, making it important to consider its short-term and long-term effects on your wellbeing as a student. When using illegal substances that have few or no regulations, you won’t know whether the substance you bought is what you think it is, or is mixed with other substances.
While not using substances altogether has the lowest risk, if you are using drugs, you can make a plan to reduce possible harms.