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Wednesday 21-10-2020 - 12:00

Bristol SU Launches Harm Reduction Campaign

Update 11 January 2021

The Richmond Building is currently closed due to the national coronavirus lockdown. You can still access drop-in sessions online, or at Brunswick Court for those who would prefer a face-to-face appointment. Contact thedrop@bdp.org.uk or 07814617687 to book a place.

Update 19 November 2020

Ketamine may have been a factor in the recent deaths of a 25 year old man and an 18 year old University student in Cardiff. 

You might have seen our recent Harm Reduction campaign All About Drugs so wanted to remind you know about services you can access.

You can access harm reduction information and services from The Drop:
https://www.bdp.org.uk/Pages/Category/the-drop

The Drop are also running a drop-in in the Richmond Building every Friday where you can meet a worker and get a free drug reagent testing kit. You can sign up either by emailing them at thedrop@bdp.org.uk or texting/Whatsapping them at 07814617687

21 October 2020

Bristol SU, University of Bristol and The Drop, part of Bristol Drugs Project, have come together to promote harm reduction activities around drug use, including alcohol. 

This is the first time a campaign of this type has taken place at the University of Bristol. 

All About Drugs will begin as a three day campaign running from 28-30 October, however activity will continue throughout the year to improve education on harm reduction. 

A core aim of the project is to ensure there are no barriers to students accessing support and to reduce the risk of harm associated with using drugs, including alcohol. 

The campaign will launch a regular drop-in with The Drop in the Richmond Building where students will be able to receive harm reduction advice, support and information alongside the opportunity to pick up a free drug reagent testing kit funded by the University of Bristol. 

All About Drugs events

Wednesday 28 October - Bristol Drugs Project Stalls

As part of Bristol SU's All About Drugs campaign The Drop, part of Bristol Drugs Project, will be running a stall 11:30-1pm by the Hawthorns and 2-4pm at the Stoke Bishop transport hub where you can sign up for a harm reduction drop-in and free drug reagent testing kit, as well as pick up further information about harm reduction.

Thursday 29 October, 6pm - All About Drugs Webinar

How has Covid changed drug use and the drug market? Is testing your drugs a worthwhile thing to do? Why is it so important that Universities (like our own already has) adopt a Harm Reduction approach to alcohol and other drugs? How is existing drug legislation harmful?

Come along to our webinar at 6pm on Thursday 29th October to hear from speakers on these topics and more as part of our 'All About Drugs' campaign running 28th-30th October to promote harm reduction, and launch our drug reagent testing kit drop-in the following week in the Richmond Building with The Drop, part of Bristol Drugs Project.

Sign up here >> https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_81Enak8DR0ugVM0HuaoM0w

Speakers: Dr Olivia Maynard, Lecturer in Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol - Covid and drug use
Sorcha Ryan, Festival and Nightclub Harm Reduction Lead, Bristol Drugs Project - drug reagent testing
Dasha Anderson, Students for Safer Drug Policy - Harm Reduction approaches in Universities
James Nicholls, Transform - harms of drug legislation

Friday 30 October, 1pm - Live Q&A with Bristol Drugs Project

Join Bristol SU's Student Living Officer Ruth Day and Sorcha Ryan, Club and Festival Harm Reduction Lead at Bristol Drugs Project for a Live Q&A on drugs including alcohol and harm reduction.

This event will take place on the Bristol SU Facebook page.

You can submit anonymous questions here.

The Drop drop-in sessions

Throughout the year there will be a regular drop-in with The Drop (part of Bristol Drugs Project) in the Richmond Building where students will be able to receive harm reduction advice, support and information alongside the opportunity to pick up a free drug reagent testing kit funded by the University of Bristol.

Please sign up to the Drop (part of BDP) drop-in if you'd like a free drug reagent testing kit by either emailing them at thedrop@bdp.org.uk or texting/Whatsapping them at 07814617687

Further Information

For more information about this combined approach to harm reduction, or information on where to get support, students can visit www.bristol.ac.uk/students/support/wellbeing 

You can read the University of Bristol Harm Reduction Statement here >> www.bristol.ac.uk/students/support/wellbeing/policies/harm-reduction/

 

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