During your time in college, you will most likely encounter many different types of drugs and you might be invited to try something. After all some drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, and even over the counter medication are legal to consume and you may have done them already. You may also encounter other drugs which are not legal and although you are always safer not taking drugs, if you decide to take a drug always be aware and think of your safety first.
What is a Drug and Where do they come from?
Any Chemical which affects how your body works, the way you behave, or how you feel
Some drugs such as cannabis and tobacco come from plants
Other drugs such as cocaine are made in laboratories
Street drugs are often mixed with other ingredients such as herbs, baking powder, talc, anesthetics or caffeine
What are the Drug Laws in Ireland?
Possession of illicit drugs, even for personal use is illegal and could have you criminally convicted
Being ‘high’ on illicit drugs is not considered illegal and therefore if you suspect a friend to be in danger after consuming drugs, make sure to get them help.
What Types of Drugs are there?
Hallucinogens: Cannabis, Magic Mushrooms, Methamphetamine, Ketamine, Ecstasy
Opioids: Methadone, Heroin
Sedatives: Cannabis, Ketamine, GHB, Alcohol
Solvents: Gas, Aerosols
Stimulants: Cocaine, Speed, Ecstasy, Tobacco, Poppers
Headshop: “Legal highs” such as smoke, pills, powders, Kratom
Over-the Counter: Paracetamol, Aspirin
How long does a Drug Stay in your System?
Drug use can be determined through testing urine, blood, or the hair follicle. The length of detection can vary depending on the type of test, dose, tolerance, strength of the drug, metabolism, and existence of medical conditions. For a guideline, here are the most common lengths of detection for drug use.
Alcohol: 3-5 days in urine, 10-12 hours in blood
Cannabis: 7-30 days in urine, up to 2 weeks in blood
Cocaine: 3-4 days in urine, 1-2days in blood
Ecstasy (MDMA): 3-4 days in urine, 1-2 days in blood
LSD: 1-3 days in urine, 2-3 hours in blood
How Can I reduce Harm with Drugs?
Avoid mixing drugs include mixing with alcohol
Know where the drug has been sourced
Test a small dose and wait at least two hours before having more
Use your own sterile needles, pipes, or straws
Let someone you trust know that you are going to be using drugs
If you or a friend becomes unwell, seek medical help