Workshop on ‘chemsex’ for Limerick students part of Aware Week 2019

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Workshop on ‘chemsex’ for Limerick students part of Aware Week 2019

According to the HSE, ‘G’ is a physically addictive drug

AN INFORMATION evening on chemsex, the practice of using illegal drugs like gamma hydroxybutyrate or gamma butyrolactone (which are often both referred to as G) during sex, was included as part of Aware Week for Limerick students.

Run by the Gay Men’s Health Service in partnership with three of Limerick’s third level institutes, the information evening included a screening of a documentary as well as an Irish perspective on the practice.

According to the HSE, G is a physically addictive drug and a dependance can develop very quickly.

As the drug can take longer to kick in, and because only a small amount is required to produce the “desired effect”, it can also lead to accidental overdose.

The drug can also act as a sedative, which can put users at risk of assault.

The chemsex information evening was held as part of Aware Week, a week-long event run by University of Limerick Student Life, to promote sexual health, road safety and drug and alcohol awareness amongst students. 

The workshop which was held at the Limerick School of Art and Design, was open to students from Limerick Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College and UL.

Monday of Aware Week saw a focus on sexual health, with UL Student Life running a consent workshop and unveiling a mural calling for the end of sexual harassment and assault on campus.

Tuesday focused on drug awareness, which included input from the Mid-West Regional Drugs Task Force. Wednesday saw a focus on road safety in partnership with UL Smarter Travel and the Road Safety Authority.

This Thursday will see a focus on alcohol awareness.