Drug Safety

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
3,587
Tuition
$34,198
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It really could be better. They should offer a course on peer pressure and stress management.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most people drink and smoke pot. It is easy to avoid it though

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's easier to find marijuana than alcohol; you could spit in LB and it'll land on a dealer. There is also a lot of opportunity to smoke with the common and garden just across the street. No one will call you out on your illegal usages but no one will pressure you into it either. If it's not your scene, don't worry, there are other ways to have fun.

College Junior

Drug Safety: A rating doesn't apply because it indicates a bias and refers toward my own drug use which isn't the point.

I'm over 21 so I drink legally. There are a number of students who either have fake IDs or who go through of age students to acquire alcohol. This can be difficult in the Boston area because many stores don't take out of state IDs. They require Massachusetts or a passport. But where there's a will, there's a way.

Marijuana is not difficult to find and you can find various degrees of quality. The odds are is that there will be a least a dealer on every other floor of each dorm. Sometimes these dealers will also have Psychedelics, you will learn if they just work with weed or have access to harder drugs. Usually prescription drugs are low key and just found through people who have a prescription and have extras. I've only witnessed someone with cocaine once and I was in a new place with new people, they hit the mark on every stereotype and I politely excused myself. Whatever your scene is you'll probably find it. The school's policy is hard on paper. If you get caught there are different penalties associated with the different substances and a point system. If you're stupid you will get caught, and if you're stupid repeatedly you will get kicked off campus, etc. Basically... don't be stupid.

I'd say as a golden rule, if you decide to experiment with drugs do so with your friends and people you trust and that way if you decide to change your mind no one will pressure you into anything.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People drink and smoke, but no serious drugs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 290th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 499th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 891st
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1042nd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1271st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Hometown
Waterford, CT
Major
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Emerson is not a haven for drug dealers or addicts. This is not to say that there aren’t the occasional pot smokers and alcoholics, but what school isn’t that way? Alcohol is readily available at Emerson parties—which, it should be noted, are parties that occur off campus at Emerson students’ houses; there aren’t really any on-campus parties to speak of. Living in the dorms, it is very easy to avoid drugs. On the other hand, if you’re looking for weed, you’ll most likely be able to find it. As the students tell it, there are a few students who use cocaine and other serious drugs, but this is not prevalent, nor thrown in anyone’s face.

There aren’t many drug busts on campus. Usually, students who get caught are in the Common while burning one down. Other than marijuana, there are also prescription drugs, like Ritalin or Adderall, that are used by students to stay up late. Caffeine and other mild stimulants are also used by some. It’s low-key, and there is little to no pressure for students to use drugs. There are also groups of students on campus who are proud of being substance-free. Emerson also offers a Wellness Floor in the residence halls, where residents living on these floors pledge to live a healthy lifestyle, free of illegal and damaging substances. However, these floors don’t always remain this way through the entire school year.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
348
Alcohol-Related Arrests
0
Drug-Related Referrals
52
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Center for Health and Wellness
(617) 824-8666
Drug use and abuse educational programs
Drug Counseling Programs
Emerson College Counseling Center
(617) 824-8595
Contact information for local support groups, crisis intervention, outside referrals, and therapy groups

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 23 responses

  • 33% Marijuana
  • 29% Alcohol
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 11% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% None
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 46% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 22% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 52% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 13% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% Practically unlimited.
  • 65% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 35% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 61% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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