LUU should provide access to drug testing kits for students

Passed: November 2022 (28th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it? 

After a 2019 survey conducted by LUU, it was determined that of those students who were taking drugs, 89% would test them if they were provided. Drug testing would allow students to make more informed choices about their drug use, and live safer lives while in Leeds. It would be a practical part of a broader harm reduction campaign on staying informed and getting better support from the University and Union.

We all know that the best way to reduce harm from drugs is by not taking them at all, but despite strong messaging to "just say no" it continues to happen nonetheless. We need to empower students to make choices about their health and wellbeing, not sweep them under the rug.

This would be the next step in truly opening the conversation around drug use and both its positive and negative roles in society. With purity and availability growing, LUU should be staying ahead of the game in protecting its students.

Expires: November 2025 (28th)

Submitted By: Emily Tabern (Originally a submission by Matt Port)

Officer: Wellbeing

Area of Work: Student Safety


28/03/23: Set the goal of October 2023 for the launch of this. Currently in dialogue with our society, SSDP about the administering of the policy. Already in the process of being incorporated in the budgets of relevant teams within the Union.