Some people do use drugs at MIT. A surprising number of students use marijuana occasionally or have at least tried it. It is the most widely used drug, and users have an easy enough time getting their hands on it. After all, MIT is in Boston, and as with any other urban area, drugs are there for those who want them. One of the unique aspects of the drug scene at MIT is that even students who use drugs tend to know when they need to do work. Stories of students becoming so addicted to drugs that they fail out of school are rare. After all, students aren’t paying all that money on tuition for nothing. Most people know that, in the end, they are at MIT to get one of the best educations in the world.
Students who have no desire to do drugs will never be forced to, and avoiding the drug scene is not hard. Even under peer pressure, you should not feel uncomfortable simply saying “no.” People respect each other’s choices here. The bottom line at MIT is that students are given a large amount of freedom to make their own decisions, and they take responsibility for them.