Help Not Harm approach to drug use at Heriot-Watt
Help Not Harm is a call to our university. That We want there to be help and support for people who use drugs, not harm that is a direct result of their stigmatisation and persecution.
Punishing people for using drugs DOES NOT WORK, drug abuse is a medical problem, not a criminal one. We neither condone nor condemn drug use. We want to reduce harm, challenge perceptions and help people make positive choices about their drugs by providing non-judgemental, credible and up-to-date information and support.
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- We aim to have drug testing kits rolled out across campuses to ensure that student who wants to take drugs can test their drugs to ensure they are not mixed with lethal or extremely dangerous foreign substances.
- We also want drug help to be more accessible and less stigmatised. Easy access to advice & guidance about drug use for those who seek it, including helplines and signposting to relevant organisations.
- Overdosing prevention training and advice are to be made available to students and staff.
- The university to change its policy on drug usage on campus, to change it from a punishment-style system to a helping system. Drug users should be offered help, not fines or academic punishments as this will ruin their life chances just for trying something at uni.