Turning Point working with recreational drug users at Kent University

News item posted: 26 March 2015

Turning Point's substance misuse service is working with the Canterbury campus of The University of Kent, to offer students support with drug and alcohol misuse. The service, which is also open to all other members of the community, is offering specialist interventions for the student population. 

The service runs a drop-in clinic at the University campus, and attends Freshers' week as well as other student events throughout the year, to make sure that students are aware of the support that is available to them, and that they know how to access it, should that be required.

Paul Woodford, Operations Manager at Turning Point's Canterbury hub explained:

"Few of the students that we see in our service are at risk of developing a long-term dependency on alcohol or other substances. However, it's well known that students do sometimes experiment while at university and, with some newer substances having very unpredictable effects, this can have serious consequences.

"In particular, new strains of cannabis and 'legal highs' (or New Psychoactive Substances) can cause serious mental health problems in some people, even after only very limited use. That's why it's vital to make sure that services are available to support those who suffer such effects, and help them minimise the effects on their health and wellbeing."