Drug Safety

Richmond, IN
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana and alcohol are the drugs you're most likely to see on campus. Every weekend, you will inevitably hit a cloud of weed, or run into an intoxicated individual. It definitely could be worse, but it also could be better.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The most popular drugs are alcohol and marijuana, but occasionally other psychedelics such as LSD and mushrooms are available as well. There is definitely a noticeable scene, but it is quite easy to avoid, and there is little to no pressure to participate if you're not interested. Study drugs such as Adderall are prominent as well during times of finals or otherwise stressful weeks. Security is generally rather lax about alcohol usage, concerned more with the students' safety than with punishment.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: If you want to find drugs on campus you probably can. Pot and adderall are easy to find and with a little more effort you could probably find acid, ecstasy, and maybe cocaine. There is a pretty big presence of pot and stoner culture on campus but I don't feel like there is pressure to partake for those that don't want to. Many students choose to drink and there is binge drinking but I would say it is about on par with most other colleges. Also I feel like there isn't pressure to drink or use drugs unless you want to.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Earlham College is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Earlham aspires to be a dry campus, but everyone knows that since college is college, there is no such thing as a completely dry campus. We affectionately refer to Earlham as "moist," because there is alcohol on campus and sometimes it can seem a little overwhelming. However, there is no pressure to drink or do drugs, and you can always find something to do on campus that doesn't involve substances.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 603rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 690th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 732nd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 738th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 960th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Anna Benfield
Takoma Park, Md.
Women's Studies
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The students seem to agree that while drugs are present on campus, they're not going to be in your face. Tobacco use is relatively common, and hookahs are very popular. Most people aren't adverse to responsible use of lighter recreational substances like alcohol and marijuana. Both are readily consumed in the dorms, campus parties, and on back campus. If you're not interested in taking part, you won't be pressured. Wellness Lifestyle halls are available for students who choose to abstain and wish to live in an environment with others who also choose a drug-free lifestyle. The College also makes a concerted effort to offer fun substance-free activities every Friday and Saturday night. Harder drugs are present on campus but are not visible in the same way. Unless you're out looking, you probably won't run across them. The area around campus is pretty straight-laced, too; don't expect to come across too much drug use in town.

Due to a somewhat lax security force, students don't get too bent out of shape trying to hide alcohol or marijuana use. Ultimately, however, most students aren't using during weekdays and demonstrate some sense of responsibility on weekends. If being around drug use truly bothers you, try to avoid EH and especially Barrett. Some of these kids get into the "work hard, party hard" scene, sometimes resorting to drugs like Adderall to pull some drug-assisted all-nighters.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Earlham Hall, first floor
(765) 983-1432
Counseling sessions for problems with susbtance abuse

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 7 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 15% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 56% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 11% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% Practically unlimited.
  • 56% Somewhat abundant.
  • 22% Somewhat limited.
  • 11% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 62% 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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