Risk Management & Harm Reduction

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Be Yourself. Don't assume or overestimate how much others drink.

Resources for Partygoers and Partythrowers

I Party Safe: and here's how I do it

Administering Naloxone

graphic of CUSP method (
Opioid reversal

I Party Safe and I'm Proud [Subtitles]

Alcohol intervention scale
Alcohol and Other Drugs Intervention tips

Get Involved with PartySafe

Our House, Our Rules, Our Responsibility

Our House campaign logoOur House, Our Rules, Our Responsibility: Risk Management & Harm Reduction Education for Party Throwers and Goers

Use our toolkits, online resources, workshops and custom consultations to plan, manage, and enjoy gatherings that are social not slurred. Know how to intervene effectively if problems arise. Health and safety are the top priority. We partner with Bears That Care, Health Worker Program, and other campus and city organizations to provide these activities. Email partysafe@berkeley.edu to discuss your interests and to schedule.

Hydration Hype Squads and Huddles

Resource stations and volunteers offering free water, snacks, giveaways, and “a whole lotta love” on key party nights and game days. Email partysafe@berkeley.edu to get involved. 

Facebook - PartySafe @ Cal

Weekly updates, tips ,and stories about how to get what you want without what you don’t want this weekend. An easy place to find our key resources. Like us today - PartySafe@Cal Facebook.

Student Roundtables

Join students from across campus communities to champion a party culture that matches our world class reputation. Whether you do or don’t use substances, our party culture impacts everyone who lives, studies, plays or works near campus.  Meet 1x/month to identify current strengths and concerns, prioritize actions, and line up the resources to succeed. Sign up for our student roundtables if you're interested. 

PartySafe @ Cal Week

3rd week of October, 1st week of March.

During these weeks we spotlight alcohol and other drug issues and practices in our own campus community. Celebrate and learn from Do You! Champions. Do a personal, departmental, or organizational self-check-up. Try to see our professional and social party culture through a different cultural, economic, or health lens. To join the planning group or to volunteer sign up for our PartySafe@Cal weeks.

PartySafe @ Cal Graphics Kit

Use this folder of PartySafe graphics we’ve created to engage, educate, and empower yourself and others to reduce alcohol and other drug related risks and harm. Email us at partysafe@berkeley.edu with ideas and samples of other graphics you recommend.

Naloxone Education & Availability Project - UHS - PartySafe@Cal

Given the success of naloxone bystander programs, the CDC and the World Health Organization have recommended expanding the availability of naloxone to lay people. Naloxone is a medication that works almost immediately to reverse opiate overdose. It has few known adverse effects, no potential for abuse, and can be rapidly administered through intramuscular injection or nasal spray. While most professional first responders and emergency departments, including UCPD, are equipped with naloxone, they may not arrive in time to revive overdose victims.  Educated and equipped bystanders can effectively take steps to reverse an opioid overdose. 

  • UHS-PartySafe@Cal has obtained a standing order to distribute naloxone through the CDPH Naloxone Distribution Project. It provides free naloxone to students, staff and faculty who watch this CHDP Naloxone Training video and complete a brief follow up quiz. Upon quiz completion, participants will receive an email with their Naloxone Training Confirmation which they can show at the UHS-Tang Center - Health Promotion on Thursdays 1-4:30pm to obtain two (2) Narcan Nasal Sprays. 

  • Naloxone (Narcan) can also be obtained directly from a pharmacy or the manufacturer (Adapt Pharma), or from local organizations that have a Naloxone distribution system in place (e.g. harm reduction services).

Goals, Strategies, and Results

Goals

"We aim to reduce alcohol-related risks and harm in the campus area. Our efforts operate simultaneously to reach individual students, the student body as a whole, and the greater college community. Use our toolkits, workshops and consultation services for party throwers and goers to keep it social, not slurred."

Principles

We're guided by the following principles:

  1. Collaboration and Synergy – We partners with multiple campus, city, state, and national organizations;
  2. Data-Driven and Evidenced-Based Strategies - We use ongoing data collection to examine our assets and challenges and chose strategies to address our unique campus alcohol-related risks and harm;
  3. Harm Reduction/Risk Management - We accept, for better and for worse, that underage alcohol and substance use is part of our current campus culture and that there are personal and community alcohol practices that are clearly safer than others;
  4. Environmental Risk Management - Approaches target individual drinkers with information and treatment, while necessary, leave intact the environmental conditions that drive the appeal and availability of alcohol - virtually ensuring that the culture continues. Environmental risk management unapologetically seeks to address the social, economic, legal, academic, physical and other factors that shape the alcohol culture for all members of the community;
  5. Student and other Stakeholder Engagement – We all have a stake in preventing and practicing effective bystander intervention with high-risk alcohol behaviors, situations, and settings. We help all community members optimize their interests, skills, and availability.

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    Results

    Our approach is yielding positive results!