Drug Safety

Sacramento, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$16,632 ($5,472)
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: low pressure to drink or use drugs, not often seen being used on campus

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I know there is policy enforcement regarding alcohol in the dorms. You can purchase and drink beer at one location on campus and they utilize a wristband system for ID enforcement.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I personally have not seen or engaged in any drug scenes on campus.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I personally haven't seen the drug scene with my own two eyes so there's that...

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not many students partake in drinking and if they do it is not something they brag about at school. I have not heard of any instance of any student being pressured to drink or do drugs.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 246th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 269th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 391st
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 416th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1081st
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hilton Collins
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The easiest drug to obtain here is alcohol. Sac State students drink more than they do anything else. However, the administration and security work hard to curb it, and the campus is actually below the national average for college drinking. This makes Sac State look good in press releases, but a lot of people still drink alcohol in pretty healthy quantities. Then there's marijuana. If you're a Sac State student who doesn't smoke pot, chances are you know someone who does. If you think otherwise, you're one of a small few, or someone's been lying to you. There are quite a few cigarette smokers, too, but it's becoming harder and harder for them to fulfill their habit on campus. Every few semesters, a new regulation comes out restricting where people can smoke at school. Technically, you can't smoke inside buildings, on busy walkways, within 20 feet of buildings or doorways, or in mobile equipment driving through campus—so, basically, you can't smoke anywhere.

Hardcore drugs are less popular with students, but they exist, as well. A lot of people talk about meth, and a few about cocaine. Dealers operate away from campus, for the most part, but users and dealers both come to school. And, of course, there is caffeine, which is very easy to come by on campus because of the unlimited supply of Java Cities. Why people think students need so much coffee is a mystery to all.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services
The Well, Primary Care, second floor
(916) 278-6461
Counsels students on drug- and alcohol-related problems

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 105 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 12% None
  • 6% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Steroids
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 105 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 17% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 39% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 105 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 3% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 56% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 19% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 105 responses

  • 10% Practically unlimited.
  • 24% Somewhat abundant.
  • 40% Somewhat limited.
  • 27% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 104 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 29% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 62% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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