Drug Safety

Location
Lewiston, ME
Undergrads
1,753
Tuition
$44,300
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol are here if you need/want them but there's plenty of people that don't.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It isn't openly visible, but like every other college/university, some students at Bates smoke pot. Likewise, some students drink alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol and weed are by far the most common drugs at Bates and they are very visible. That being said, there is virtually no peer pressure to partake. Even if you usually do partake and decide not to one night, no one judges you or makes you feel bad about it. Drinking is huge, but people seem to be safe about it and always have their friends' best interests in mind. Bates EMS is a service offered that you can call if you or a friend drank too much.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I would say there's not much drug use besides weed, and there is definitely a lot of alcohol use. Typically it just depends on who you are with, and no one really pressures you to do anything you don't want to do.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scenes depend from time to time and also the location.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 350th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 502nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 984th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1098th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1124th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessie Sawyer
Hometown
Farmington, CT
Major
English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor
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Aside from alcohol, marijuana is the drug of choice at Bates, and it’s definitely a presence on campus. Students don’t make much of an effort to keep their smoking under wraps. If someone bothers to light some incense to hide the scent of his or her pot, they’re being discreet. It’s fairly easy for students to acquire marijuana if they want to, usually through friends or friends-of-friends. Other drugs are also present but less obviously so. Bates students probably use or have tried pretty much every available drug, but everything harder than alcohol and marijuana is kept secret. It’s more difficult for people to get a hold of these harder drugs, but if students are persistent enough, they can probably find the coke that got Boston George arrested.

Bates is like most other colleges as far as drugs go—a majority of the campus drinks, a significant number of the students have at least tried marijuana, and more than a few are regular smokers and are not inclined to be secretive about doing so. Marijuana is definitely present, and you’d be hard-pressed to walk through the dorms without smelling pot. For students who don’t want to get involved in the drug scene, there are a variety of chem-free housing options that really are chem-free—smoking and drinking are prohibited within 20 feet of these buildings. There’s no social stigma attached to people who smoke marijuana, probably because so many people do smoke. Another reason for this is because the students who choose to smoke pot have to keep up with Bates’s challenging curriculum, so few people really abuse the drug.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
69
Alcohol-Related Arrests
5
Drug-Related Referrals
61
Drug-Related Arrests
3
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes, cigars
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
St. Mary's Chemical Dependency Program
Health Center
Testing, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for further action

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 10 responses

  • 45% Alcohol
  • 45% Marijuana
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 10 responses

  • 10% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 40% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 50% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 10% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 10 responses

  • 30% Practically unlimited.
  • 60% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 33% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 56% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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