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How to Reduce Harm While Using Drugs

How to Reduce Harm While Using Drugs

Consider some ways you can reduce harm if you do use drugs. Learn more about it by clicking this link from Confidant Health.

Whatever your reason for using drugs, it's vital to understand how to reduce harm when doing them. Consider some ways that you can reduce harm if you do use drugs. 

Increase Awareness

Be aware of the risks of a drug and use this information to be more responsible with it. By knowing the risks involved, as well as the effects of the substance, you can make informed decisions to stay safe. 

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Substance Use Management

Since there will always be risks involved with using drugs, reduce harm by controlling the quantity. Maybe use the substance less frequently or lower your dosage. 

You can also set goals for yourself, such as you won't use the drug during the week or only once a month. You can lengthen the time between usage to reduce the harm even further and lower your tolerance.

Consider buying less of the substance when you do want to use it. If you buy less, then you will have less available to consume.

Take Care of Yourself

Finally, you need to ensure that you are taking care of yourself while using drugs. Taking care of yourself might mean staying hydrated, not driving when using, and making sure you are in a safe space. 

Using drugs is a choice you may make at some point. It's up to you to find ways to reduce harm to yourself and others if you do.

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This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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