Drugs & Alcohol

People use substances for a number of different reasons. Substances tap into the wiring system of the brain and influences the way nerve cells send, receive, and process information.

All substance use comes with an element of risk. It's important to consider the health effects drugs and alcohol have on your body so you can make informed decisions that will keep you thriving.

Please note:

On October 17, 2018, the Government of Canada legalized cannabis use.

Read about BC's Approach to Cannabis Legalization here >

Learn before you use

Overdose prevention and response

If you are on campus, SFU Campus Security is available 24/7 and in the case of an opioid overdose, Campus Security can administer Narcan spray.

Call 911 or call Campus Security immediately if you witness an overdose. 

What are the signs of an overdose?

An overdose might look different from one person to the next. But there are a few things you can look for if you suspect someone may have overdosed on an opioid like fentanyl or any other drug.

Look for these signs if you think someone may have overdosed:

  • Slow, shallow breathing or no breathing
  • Severe sleepiness or person is not moving / responsive
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Person may be choking, or you can hear gurgling sounds
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Pupils are tiny
  • If you suspect someone may have overdosed, call 911 immediately; time is of the essence

Alcohol or drug use becomes problematic when it causes harm to yourself or others. Find support at SFU:

See a counsellor on campus
Connect with My SSP