Drug Safety

Boston, MA
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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are there if you want it, it's not uncommon to find underage students drinking because of upperclassmen friends who will buy them alcohol. If you're not into drinking or doing drugs you probably won't have a hard time finding friends here.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are not hard to find at BU because it is college afterall. Kids wanna party but it is by no means forced upon you. If wanna drink that's fine, if not thats fine too.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: At the school of public health and medicine, drugs are an everyday topic, because everybody is aware and knows how to deal with it.

2 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Boston University is very visible. Many students find a way to sneak alcohol into student dormitories even though it is illegal. There are no bag checks other than metal detectors meaning that basically any type of drug can enter and leave the buildings. Many students take part in drug usage, especially alcohol and marijuana and these are used mainly due to peer pressure. However visible the drug scene is at this university, I believe it is definitely not the as bad as other schools I have visited.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pretty typical of a college


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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 96 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 95 responses

  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 65% 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 would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 95 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 18% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 55% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 23% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 95 responses

  • 15% Practically unlimited.
  • 60% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 8% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 95 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 16% 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.
  • 32% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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