Drug Safety

Bethlehem, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Most people on campus drink. It's a very big part of Lehigh culture. There are also other outlets though.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a really big party culture on campus, and faculty and campus please pretty much turn a blind eye. There is even almost like a tacit approval of it. It's really weird. Srsly.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No such thing as drug safety

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As long as you're safe, it's not a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Don't know much about drug scene on campus not involved

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 37th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1274th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1292nd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1299th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1306th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charlie Gimber
Sudbury, MA
English and Journalism
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Many students will experiment with drugs at some point or another, if they haven’t already. That being said, Lehigh’s drug scene is really no more prevalent than at any other school. Pot is almost always available as long as you know the right people, although the police are far more attuned to the drug scene than many students realize. There has been a significant number of drug-related arrests over the past few years.

On top of the availability of pot, there is also a fairly startling amount of prescription drug abuse. It is not uncommon for students to pop pill after pill of Adderall during midterms and finals, and plenty of students use speed on a daily basis for mere homework assignments. There is also a fair amount of “drug-cocktail” use, as some students will drop a Xanax, Lithium, or Vicodin—or even all three for that matter—into their drinks in order to enhance their night. But, these people are the exception, not the rule. Cocaine has also seen a rise in popularity, which once again isn’t surprising, given the money that many students come from. Hallucinogens, like mushrooms and acid, are also popular among the drug crowd, but as with all drugs at Lehigh, no one should ever feel forced or pressured to partake. Drugs are around, but you don’t have to be around them.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
Drug Counseling Programs
Lehigh University Health Center
(610) 758-3870
Alcohol assessment services, short-term counseling, literature

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 32 responses

  • 31% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 11% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 71% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 19% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 3% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 32% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 45% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 31 responses

  • 52% Practically unlimited.
  • 35% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Somewhat limited.
  • 3% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 48% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 42% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 6% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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