Drug Safety

Boston, MA
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are never pushed on anyone! They are available if you want, but no one will think of you differently if you don't drink/do drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We are by no means a party school but there is normal college drinking and drug use.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of alcohol usage on campus, however, in regards to other drugs, there is very little.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: BU definitely has had problems with alcohol abuse with college teams, hockey in particular has been in the media. However, BU tries to be decrease team usage with strict athletics policies. Also, BU has strict rules about alcohol and drug abuse within the general student population. However, the rules are designed for safety, not punishment purposes and first offenses generally include alcohol and drug education classes.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While most people only drink and don't do any hardcore drugs, BU's alcohol policy is ridiculous. They tell you during orientation they don't have a just say no policy, but that's bullshit. They also tell you that if you help someone who needs medical attention and you've been drinking, they won't punish you since you helped someone out. That's also bulls*** Basically, if you're under 21 and you get caught drinking, regardless of the decisions you made while drunk (for example, helping someone vs being an asshole), you're screwed.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1231st
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1232nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1302nd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1305th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Stephanie Santana
Queens, NY
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Ah, yes, the drug scene. Most students agree that drugs are certainly a prevalent and available source of recreation on and off campus. No one, however, feels that this sort of activity is so rampant that it puts a strain on campus life. The drug scene, while visible, is easily avoidable, and students have the ability to choose their own scene. It is really easy to find people who are into, or not into, just about everything. The drugs most readily seen on campus are alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy. Many also note that pharmaceuticals are often considered a “useful tool” for completing schoolwork or distressing from academic life.

As in any city, there are fluctuations in what is available, and whatever is circulating tends to be overpriced. To be brief, various social circles have their various social vices. Pick and choose as you see fit.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Pharmaceuticals
Drug Counseling Programs
The Boston University Counseling and Wellness Center
19 Deerfield St., 2nd floor
(617) 353-3540
Drug Counseling Programs
The Danielson Institute
185 Bay Street Rd.
(617) 353-3047
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health/Mental Health Services
881 Commonwealth Ave. (west entrance)
(617) 353-3575

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 84 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 84 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 17% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 55% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 25% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 84 responses

  • 14% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 70% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 83 responses

  • 14% Practically unlimited.
  • 61% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 83 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 33% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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