A drug alert has been issued in Manchester after multiple samples of fine white powder, potentially mis-sold as cocaine, confirmed by Manchester Drug Analysis Exchange (MANDRAKE) to contain the synthetic cathinone – alpha-PVP.
MANDRAKE are an organisation based at Manchester Metropolitan University who chemically analyse drugs across the city.
If unwell please seek medical attention.
Support for students who take drugs
The safest way to take drugs is not at all. However, we recognise that a number of students choose to use drugs whilst at university.
- There are free and anonymous drug testing kits available on campus, from the Students’ Union Advice Service.
- We share MANDRAKE drug alerts to Student News, so you know when substances in Manchester are being mis-sold or have contaminants in them.
- Drug and Alcohol Peer Support (DAPS), run by students, for students, provides a place to talk openly about drug and alcohol use and find community. You can find out more on their Instagram here.
- Eclypse, a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for young people in Manchester are also available to speak to at the Advice Service.
- If you have significant issues or want medical advice, you can speak to the University GP service.
- Advice and information for students who use drugs can be found on Student News here.