Harm Reduction Tips

Using any substance involves risk. By making well-informed decisions, you can greatly reduce your risk of experiencing substance-related harm.


The Health Promotion & Wellness office encourages students to follow substance use laws and policies on and off campus. We also acknowledge that some students may choose to use substances during their college years, and believe it is important to provide reliable information about minimizing the risk of substance-related harm. The purpose of this page is to support students in making safer, well-informed decisions for themselves and their community.

General Advice

Substances are complicated.

Consult multiple, reliable sources about the risks and effects of any substance you plan to consume.

Everyone is different.

It can take time to figure out what’s right for you. Explore your values and motivations for using substances. Check in with yourself and assess your safety each time you plan to use a substance. Use mindfully and stay attentive to the impact substances are having on your well-being.

Support is available.

Lewis & Clark students can find support both on-campus and in the greater Portland community. Feel free to reach out to healthed@lclark.edu for help connecting to the kind of support you’re looking for.

To learn more about the kinds of support we offer, check out our Substance-Related Resources and Support page.

Substance-Specific Tips