Safer use of substances and addiction support
The safety of the SAIT community is essential and support is available for students. On campus, you can visit the SAIT Health Clinic or make an appointment to speak to a counsellor in SAIT’s Student Development and Counselling office. Off-campus, there are extensive resources and support, several of which are listed below.
Manage Your Cravings workshop
Have a plan to get home if you're on a night out — use the SAITALERT app, ride sharing or stay with a friend.
Know when you’ve had enough, usually two drinks a day for women and three drinks a day for men is a good starting point to find your limit. When you’re drinking at home, avoid free-pouring drinks and when you go out, set a limit for yourself beforehand as a safeguard.
❔ Visit DrinkSense for a quiz and low-risk guidelines.
Lower risk use
Frequent heavy use can impair academic performance and affect your mental health in ways you may not expect, and heavy use of THC has been linked to psychosis.
Potential short-term impairments/changes include:
- altered senses
- changes in mood
- impaired body movement
- difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
- impaired memory
- hallucinations or delusions (when taken in high doses).
Only buy from licensed retailers to ensure the product comes from an approved and licensed cannabis facility and THC, CBD and Terpene content will be labelled.
👉 Visit CannabisSense for more information about cannabis.
There’s no safe way to consume nicotine via vapour or tobacco smoke, except for occasional Indigenous ceremonial use of tobacco. Secondhand smoke and vapour is also harmful for the user and those in the same space, including your pets.
While you don’t have to quit smoking, you may be wondering how you’ll adjust to being on a smoke-free campus. Don’t panic. Here are some tips to help you get through the day.
Opioids and naloxone kits
Opioids include morphine, codeine, heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl. Opioid use is illegal unless prescribed by a doctor. If you have any concerns, talk with a doctor. Injecting opioids is high risk and should be professionally supervised. Use of non-sterilized needles increases the risk of bloodborne disease. There’s a SAIT Health Clinic on the main campus for students to make an appointment with a doctor.
Naloxone can be used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Kits are available at the SAIT Health Clinic and local pharmacies.
👉 Learn more about the Good Samaritan Overdose Act.