Responsible drug use

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Responsible drug use (also called harm reduction) broadly refers to a set of practices intended to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms associated with recreational substance use. The harm reduction approach is based on the idea that recreational substance use is an innately high-risk activity that unavoidably entails the possibility of injury, addiction, and death. Therefore, outside of avoiding use entirely, the best strategy one can employ is to take appropriate measures to reduce its potential harms.

Recreational substance use can be viewed similarly as other risky-but-beneficial activities like skiing, skydiving, surfing, mountain climbing, or (more commonly) driving a car. Although these activities carry substantial risk, these risks can be minimized by using caution and common sense. This view holds the individual as solely responsible for ensuring they are doing adequate research and taking the appropriate precautions to ensure acceptably safe and beneficial experiences for themselves and others.

Examples of general harm reduction advice include avoiding hazardous situations, excessive doses, and hazardous combinations of substances; avoiding injection; and not using substances at the same time as activities that require a sober state, such as driving or operating machinery.

This article is dedicated to providing information about the factors that should be considered before deciding to experiment with psychoactive substances. The first part concerns harm reduction tactics for all substances while the bottom half focuses exclusively on those for hallucinogens.


Routes of administration

Recovery position

Reagent testing kits

Dangerous combinations




This advice below is exclusively for hallucinogens such as psychedelics, dissociatives, and deliriants.


State of mind

Bodily state

Trip sitters


Aborting trips

See also

External links


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  4. American Weigh Scales, Inc Gemini-20 User Manual |
  5. 3-MeO-PCP (Tripsit) |
  6. Liquid Measurement Technique by Zam (Erowid) |
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