A new initiative pioneered by a DCU student has been launched to provide students with drug testing safety kits. It's no surprise that drug use is huge amongst college students, with nights out nearly ever day of the week. DCU's Students For Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) launched a new 'SeshSafe' kits in order to make recreational drug use amongst students safer.
Eleanor Hulm, chairperson of the SSDP and creator of the 'SeshSafe' kits, has said on the official Facebook page that SeshSafe is 'A new project to break then stigma around recreational drug use and to keep the party people of Ireland safe.' The SSDP funded the kits based completely on donations through bake sales.
The reason for starting the kits was as a response to the death of three students from Cork and Dublin last year, who overdosed on drugs at parties. 'SeshSafe' is described as 'a student initiative launched by DCU SSDP to break then stigma around recreational drug use and keep the party people of Ireland safe on the sesh through means of experience and scientifically based tips, and by the introduction and normalisation of drug testing kits in our universities and beyond.'
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Hulm has said, 'The reality is that drug use can never be one hundred percent safe but its risks can be reduced massively so it's time we accept that people use drugs and to evolve to a new approach of saving party people.'
For that we give Hulm some serious kudos.
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