Psychedelics, also known as hallucinogens, are drugs that have psychoactive properties–meaning they alter perception, mood, and cognitive function. All psychedelics can cause hallucinations and other uncontrollable thoughts or sensations.

Making Informed Decisions

There is no safe level of substance use, there is always a risk. Illegal and unregulated substances, like psychedelics, also run the risk of contamination and/or harmful use behaviors. Given the diversity among hallucinogens, there is also great variation in modes of use, onset of effects, and duration of impairment. These are all factors that can pose substantial risk outside of a medical research setting. That’s why it is important to be aware of all effects and associated risks before engaging in any substance use, which can be explored through the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Harm Reduction

Before engaging in substance use of any kind, consider the following:

  • Medical conditions that carry elevated risk
  • Medications that may cause dangerous interactions
  • The safety of the environment (e.g. calm, familiar setting)
  • Communication with trusted friends and/or family members
  • Emergency plans in the event of an incident

Resources & Support

Note: this list is not a full list of resources available.

In Case of Emergency

Call 911 for any medical, fire, police, or life-threatening emergency. 

For other emergencies call Public Safety at 801-443-5911.