Realising that you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol is an important first step in the recovery process.

King’s College London’s policy on drugs
The central aim of the university’s policy on controlled drugs is to balance respect for the privacy and freedom of individual students, with the imperatives of compliance with the law and maintenance of a safe, productive and legal environment in the best interests of all students.

Our Drugs Policy is currently under review but one of its important features is the offer of assistance to students who may need advice or counselling about drugs, or about any issues arising from the use of drugs. We wish to support students who have a drug dependency to seek help, and to be supported in doing so. For more detail and the university’s full policy, please refer to: Drugs: A Policy Statement.

However, King's must operate in the context of national legislation and would be committing a criminal offence were it to knowingly permit the use, production, or supply of any controlled drugs on its premises (The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971).  Therefore, King's cannot allow the possession, use or supply of controlled drugs or psychoactive substances on its premises.

Where disciplinary action/actions under misconduct needs to be taken, the focus will be on the person’s behaviour and its actual or potential impact on others.  The university recognises that the use of drugs and alcohol exists on a dynamic spectrum from managed and recreational to problematic and potentially causing serious harm to self, others and the wider community and as such any action taken will take this into consideration.

Counselling & Mental Health Support
Although the Counselling & Mental Health Support Service is not able to offer a treatment programme to students with drugs or alcohol issues, we are here to talk about the problem and to help you connect with specialist drug and alcohol services.

Important to know: The Counselling & Mental Health Support Service is private and confidential.



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