Being safe around drugs and alcohol is a lesson Lakehead University is hoping its students take to heart as the school year begins.
LU’s Aimee Jaun says coming to university can be a risky time for new students, because it’s often the first time they’re living away from their families and support systems.
She says the school makes sure their orientation deals with the risks around cannabis, alcohol, and other drugs.
Jaun notes that includes a special focus on opioids, in light of the ongoing efforts across the country to curb opioid-related deaths.
Jaun adds they’re also focusing on making a safe space for students and encouraging them to look out for each other using the buddy system.
That’s one method encouraged by a recent release from Health Canada leading up to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
The document also instructs students to learn the signs of an opioid overdose, and avoid risky activities like mixing drugs and alcohol. (File Photo)
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