The safest way to take study drugs is not to take them at all.
However, to support you in making an informed choice we've put together some top tips to stay as safe as possible during exam season.
Warwick SU does not support the use of any recreational drugs. There is no way to take study drugs 100% safely, so the best option is not to take them at all! That being said, we know that many of you see study drugs as the only viable option, and we want to ensure that you make informed choices and are able to be as safe as possible.
- Do your research. Research the effects and side effects of the drug you intend to take, and consider how these will impact you personally. If you are currently taking any other medication or drugs, research how they interact to ensure they are safe to take together.
- Take less than you intend. Start by halving your intended dose for your first use, this will help get used to how the drug interacts with your body, and warn you of any unforseen effects. Go slow and stay low.
- Take them in the morning. Many study drugs increase alertness and/or are stimulants which if taken later in the day can cause sleep issues.
- Tell a sober friend. Make sure you let someone sober know what you’ve taken and how much, in case of an emergency.
- Remember to stay hydrated, eat at regular intervals and don’t take on an empty stomach.
- Be patient. If you don’t feel the effects of the drug straight away, don’t take more! Wait, and try again another time.
- Manage your expectations. Many of these drugs are designed to increase your alertness or focus, however, this might mean you can end up focusing on the wrong thing - be fully prepared for a clean kitchen rather than a completed essay!
- Avoid sustained use. Many study drugs are stimulants or other types of drug that tend to cause addiction or even dependency. Using any drug for a long periods can increase negative effects.
For more information check out our Pressure Drop campaign which has lots of study tips and helpful resources for this exam season!