Many people over-indulge and abuse substance during New Year’s, mainly because they feel pressured to, they want to relax, and they believe that’s the only way to have fun. Unfortunately, abusing drugs can cause a lot of damage, both psychologically and physically. Drug use chemically changes the brain, leading individuals to suffer from depression, anxiety, disrupted communication patterns, memory impairment, poor appetite, reduced or increased sleeping, isolation from others, and more. New Year’s brings about added danger because of the mix of alcohol – with many people crowding bars and clubs, there are many things to watch out for:

Drug overdose is at an all-time high. Over 64,070 people died from drug overdose in 2016. There is a fine line when it comes to overdose, and disorientation, loss of coordination, vomiting, seizures, irregular/slow breathing, and blue-tinged skin are just a few of the warning signs.

Mixing drugs can be incredibly dangerous. Events called “pharm parties” or “skittles parties” involve people sharing Ziploc bags filled with a variety of different colored drugs – not knowing what you are taking or mixing the wrong drugs together could result in dangerous side effects, coma, seizures, and even death.

Women’s Health, a government website, warns against date-rape drugs that are often placed into drinks when the person isn’t looking. The drugs placed into a drink can cause a person to feel confused, weak, and may even cause the person to pass out.

Drug-related crime is a potential outcome, as 60% of individuals arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illicit drugs at arrest. Utilizing drugs on NYE heightens the risk for engaging in illegal activity, which could reap further legal consequences.

Drugs are now killing more people than both car accidents and shooting deaths combined. When going out for NYE, always be aware of your surroundings and pay close attention to your drink. The best way to celebrate NYE is to stay sober, as you will be able to engage in more meaningful conversations and make real connections while presenting your authentic self. Make the decision to be safe this New Year’s Eve.

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