Using safely

It is important that you know how to stay safe when using alcohol and drugs.

Prioritise your general health

  • Be mindful and eat a healthy diet
  • Access healthcare for physical, mental and dental health
  • Avoid smoking
  • Take regular exercise
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.

Reduce your risk of overdose

  • Avoid mixing drugs and or alcohol
  • Limit your use of substances
  • Avoid injecting any drugs
  • Use Naloxone to reverse an overdose (see below for more information about Naloxone).

Never stop drinking alcohol abruptly

  • Never stop drinking alcohol abruptly as this is dangerous and may have fatal consequences
  • Always aim to reduce your alcohol use gradually
  • Seek medical advice immediately if experiencing confusion, hallucinations or withdrawal seizures.

This guidance may help you to avoid serious withdrawal symptoms and the risk of overdose:

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a medication that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose from substances including heroin. The Health Shop provides naloxone, and also offers training to anyone at risk of opioid overdose (including for the family members/carers and services working with people at risk).

Naloxone can be issued from The Health Shop on Broad Street or via outreach in the community. For more information call 0115 905 5001 or email

About Naloxone

Always call 999 if you become very unwell after using any kind of substance.

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