Drug Safety

Spokane, WA
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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People are left up to make their own choices and do what they want with their lives. But thats with other students. With the University...don't get caught.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: marijuana is legal. On campus its not acceptable.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: Its your choice to drink in any situation but peer pressure can really play a role!

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: People don't pressure into doing drugs, most drugs aren't readily available unless you know exactly who to go to. The drug scene is generally looked down upon so no one has to worry about doing drugs that they don't want to do. Alcohol is the only substance that is popular, but no different from any college campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The whole campus is strict regarding any drugs, on campus CAMPO's usually will charge with some stuff or If you are lucky you'll get one warning and that's pretty much it. Friday and Saturday, maybe the least controllable days with people vomiting and drinking. ( But it's college what the hell right, nobody really cares )


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 463rd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 524th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 537th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 871st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 915th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Iain Bernhoft
Seattle, Wash.
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Compared to a big public university, Gonzaga may seem like a haven of sobriety. The majority of students parties, but the contingent of students who are seriously dedicated to imbibing alcohol is much smaller. Since there are no truly wild parties, no fraternities, and not enough academic or social stress to justify excessive medication, most Zags seem to be content with caffeine and alcohol. Very few students even smoke cigarettes regularly. There is very little visible drug use on campus, and students are rarely pressured to use anything other than alcohol.

That being said, Gonzaga is no Brigham Young University, either. Marijuana is not uncommon at off-campus parties, and a minority of students will have run-ins with cocaine or crystal meth. It's reasonable to expect that more students are using drugs than you think. However, the hard drug scene is neither prevalent nor noticeable. Students are at risk with alcohol—nearly every year brings serious injuries related to excessive drinking, and that doesn't factor in the all-too-frequent sexual assaults that are perpetrated in the context of drinking. Be careful what you drink, and be especially careful with whom you drink.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
502 E. Boone Ave., CG 303
(509) 313-4054
Specialized services include alcohol rehabilitation.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 28 responses

  • 47% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 10% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 46% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 3% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 41% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 17% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 28 responses

  • 11% Practically unlimited.
  • 46% Somewhat abundant.
  • 32% Somewhat limited.
  • 11% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 7% 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.
  • 46% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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