Drug-related deaths can happen, however there are a number of factors which can make the risk of death higher or lower.
The effects of any drug can vary depending on your size, what you’ve taken, the amount, what other drugs are in your system, your level of tolerance to the drug and your general health. The way you take drugs can also play a part. For example, injection carries the highest risk due to the dangers that surround sharing needles, as well as an increased risk of overdose.
While a drug itself might carry a relatively low risk of death, it’s possible to find yourself in a high risk situation as a result of being on drugs and having your sense of judgement impaired. Getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk or on drugs, or being in a car with a driver who is drunk or on drugs are very real risks.
If you’re using drugs, it’s important to assess the risks of what you’re taking and how you’re taking it. Always be as informed as possible and never take drugs alone. Read about harm minimisation.
And remember, you don’t have to be shooting up to be at risk of drug-related death! Tobacco is right up there as one of the deadliest drugs on the list, with alcohol not far behind. Two of the most readily available substances in the country.
Take care of yourself and those around you. If you are worried give us a call on 24 hour free YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685.