SHOP - Student Health Outreach & Promotion: Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
What are club drugs?
What is LSD?
How is LSD used?
Why do people take LSD?
What are the short-term risks?
Are there any long term consequences?
Is there a way to reduce the risk of having a bad trip?
How do I help a friend who is having a bad trip?
Is LSD addictive?
Is it illegal?
How do I help a friend?
Links you can use
Problems that might occur include:
- Extreme changes in behavior and mood; person may sit or recline in a trance-like state
- Chills, irregular breathing, sweating, trembling hands
- Changes in sense of light, hearing, touch, smell, and time
- Nausea, especially in the first two hours
- Increase in blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar
- Fatigue the next day
Some of the long-term problems associated with chronic or heavy LSD use are:
- A person can experience rapidly changing feelings, immediately and long after use.
- Chronic use may cause persistent problems, depression, violent behavior, anxiety or a distorted perception of time.
- Large doses may cause convulsions, coma, heart/lung failure or ruptured blood vessels in the brain.
- "Flashbacks" may occur long after use.
LSD experiences are heavily influenced by environment.
Here are some ways to reduce the risk having a bad trip:
- Make sure you take it with someone you know and trust, preferably someone who knows how strong the effects of a hallucinogen can be.
- Make sure you are somewhere where you feel safe, secure and comfortable.
- Avoid taking LSD if you are upset, feeling low or insecure--this could lead to a bad trip.
- Avoid taking more. The effects come on stronger after a while, and you could end up having a much stronger trip than you can handle.
Student Health Outreach & Promotion (SHOP)831-459-3772
SHOP provides confidential appointments for drug or alcohol concerns. SHOP is located in the Student Health Center, across the street from Colleges 9 & 10. As you walk up the ramp to the Health Center, SHOP is located in the building on your left, next to the Pharmacy.
Student Health Services831-459-2500
Confidential walk-in or appointment health care
Counseling & Psychological Services831-459-2628
CPS staff provides the UCSC community with a wide range of mental health services, including short-term individual and couples counseling, group counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, and referral services.
Resources in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz County's Alcohol and Drug Abuse help pages. If you think that you, a family member, or a friend has an alcohol or drug problem, you've come to the right place.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Narcotics Anonymous831-429-7436 HOTLINE (24 hour)
Call for current open meeting schedules. Disabled Accessibility.
P.O. Box 1481
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Self-help (non-religious) fellowship group for those who cannot control their marijuana use and are experiencing adverse effects in other areas of their life. No fee is charged.
DanceSafe is a harm-reduction web site centered on drugs found in nightclubs and raves. The site offers drug information, a risk assessment, ecstasy testing kits and e-news.
National Institutes of Health Club Drug Sitehttp://www.clubdrugs.org/
Provides trends and statistics, research reports and health information on club drugs.
The Good Drugs Guidehttp://www.thegooddrugsguide.com/lsd/index.htm This British harm-reduction web site provides extensive information on LSD, including the basics, dangers, mixing with other drugs and links.
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Informationhttp://ncadi.samhsa.gov/
NCADI provides alcohol and drug facts, research briefs and related resources.