Carleton University takes a harm reduction approach to substance use. Harm reduction is the evidence based, person-centred approach that addresses substance use, addictions and risky behaviours free from judgement. This approach focuses on educating about the ways that risks can be minimized should students either continue to practice or decide to experiment with substances or other risky behaviours.

CU Be Better is Carleton University’s harm reduction program. This program focuses on educating students of the risks associated with common behaviours of university students as well as the ways in which they can minimize their risk of harm should they choose to engage. Topics covered by CU Be Better include alcohol, cannabis, prescription medication and illicit substances.