Responsible drug use

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Responsible drug use is defined as a set of attitudes and practices that are aimed at maximizing the benefits and minimizing the harms of recreational psychoactive substance use. Also known as harm reduction, this approach is based on the premise that recreational substance use is an inherently high-risk activity that carries the possibility of addiction, serious injury, and even death. Therefore, the most reasonable strategy one can adopt other than complete abstinence is to take pragmatic measures to reduce and mitigate any risk and hazards.

The activity of recreational substance use can be viewed in a similar fashion as other risky-but-beneficial activities such as skiing, skydiving, surfing, mountain climbing, or (more commonly) driving a motor vehicle. Although these activities carry substantial risks, they can be minimized by using caution and common sense. This philosophy holds the individual as ultimately responsible for ensuring they are conducting adequate research and taking the appropriate precautions to ensure reasonably 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 page is dedicated to providing information about the factors that should be considered before making the decision to experiment with and use psychoactive substances. The first part concerns harm reduction tactics for all classes of substances while the bottom half focuses exclusively on harm reduction strategies for hallucinogens.

Responsible drug use index


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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