Drug Safety

Durham, NC
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College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol use is easily visible every weekend, and it is fairly common to smell weed. A higher percentage of students than at other schools use hard drugs (such as coke) but it is hidden. Study drugs are common.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Duke students are famous for their ability to balance work and play and do not cut corners on either front. Not everyone drinks, though, and you are not looked down upon if you decide to abstain. Under no circumstances should you attempt Shooters without at least mild intoxication, however. I personally have never seen drug use but know that it exists. Overall, we do like to party, but almost all of us do it intelligently and responsibly.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you're not into drugs or don't wish to partake in it, you won't even know a drug world exists.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I really don't know much about this. I am an adult and able to drink, so it doesn't apply, but my friends who are RA's or GR's seem to find undergraduates have partied and drank underage. There is a lot of support to keep students from drinking and driving with designated drivers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Same as any college. Some kids will do drugs, most won't.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 137th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1073rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1133rd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1196th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1282nd
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The drug scene at Duke is pretty comfortable and not very pushy. If you want them, you can find them; if you don’t, you won't have to worry about it. Student responses reflect that most students are aware that there are drugs on campus, but no one feels threatened by it. It’s almost impossible to get through college without a whiff of something grassy, but alcohol is more prevalent and widely used than any illegal substance. Of course, alcohol plays a major role in the Duke social scene, but such is life on virtually any campus in the United States.

Duke students can go through college with as much or as little drug and alcohol use as they decide upon. There will always be the opportunity to use these substances, especially if your group of friends uses them, but no one should be worried about a pressure to use drugs. 

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Chapel Drive
(919) 660-1000
A specialist in the area of alcohol and substance abuse is available to students.
Drug Counseling Programs
Duke Student Wellness Center
001 Crowell Building (garden level)
East Campus
(919) 681-8421
There's a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 33 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 25% Marijuana
  • 15% Cocaine
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 42% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% 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 33 responses

  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 6% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 39% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 39% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 32 responses

  • 44% Practically unlimited.
  • 34% Somewhat abundant.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 3% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 22% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 44% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 34% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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