Drug Safety

Philadelphia, PA
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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Due to the intense programs at Drexel many kids seek study drugs

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want something you can usually find out how to get it. Nothing is pushed on you

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I think there could be more safety regarding drug use. But I also think its impossible to prevent drug use with college students.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's difficult to give an objective opinion having never been at another university before. Drug culture is definitely contained and under control.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have not been pressured by my room mates or classmates to partake of banned substances. Nor do I have time or finances to get hammered. Some of the guys get sloppy drunk and that's not cool.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 143rd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1061st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1071st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1138th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1195th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Grad Year
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Drug activity is not a pervasive problem on Drexel's campus. As is commonplace at college, there is a lot of drinking, and marijuana use is common, too. Most people would probably be surprised to hear that harder drugs are much rarer here than at other schools, but it's true. Drug and alcohol use has never been much of an issue in the dorms, either. Some high schools are more infested with drugs than Drexel. Drinking and drug policies are very strict. There is a no-tolerance policy for alcohol on campus. Though, considering Drexel is very city-oriented, there is a bar (Landmark Americana) directly under the recreation center. Drexel offers an event entitled, "Spring Jam," but unfortunately this event is nonalcoholic—though, this hasn't exactly stopped students.

One drug that is pervasive among students is nicotine. It seems that almost everyone on campus smokes, and the campus grounds are littered with cigarette butts. This does not come as much of a surprise, however, as most of downtown Philadelphia is, too. Additionally, Adderall and caffeine have been known to be abused in order for students to cram and complete coursework, but this is more difficult to find.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Counseling Center
Creese Student Center, Suite 201
(215) 895-1415
Alcohol assessment services, counseling, support for children of alcoholics, alcohol-related literature

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 83 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 83 responses

  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 46% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 19% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 83 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 14% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 31% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 13% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 82 responses

  • 16% Practically unlimited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 29% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 82 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 38% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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