Drug Safety

Columbus, OH
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: As someone who does not see a problem with casual drinking and marijuana use, but does not attend parties, I have experienced no problems.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Among some groups of people drug use is quite prevalent. However, if you have no interest in partaking it is not hard to steer clear of this lifestyle and choose not to participate. So although drugs are accessible and somewhat abused in some capacities it is not an overwhelming problem that cannot be avoided.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very abundant and marijuana is noticeable at some house parties.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's a bar every two blocks right in front of campus and there are parties thrown all over frat row and dozens of other houses but this is college, a public one at that, so it's kind of to be expected. Drugs in the form of hooka, cigarettes, and pot are pretty abundant but people respect your boundaries. You say no and it's never brought up again.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug usage is not very noticeable.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1164th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1174th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1252nd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1309th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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Alcohol is, by far, the most prevalent drug on the OSU campus. The rest of the drug scene isn't terribly huge, and it is kept in check by factors such as price, since students claim that drugs around OSU are more expensive than most places. There are also complaints from certain students about the actual potency of the drugs in the area. Overall, this has been enough to keep it out of the primary social atmosphere. You can find the scene if you're looking for it, but it's not something you're likely to run across by accident (with the possible exception of marijuana).

Marijuana seems to be the drug that always shows up, but to OSU's credit, this happens at nearly every campus. The legalization debate pops up frequently on campus, and "Hemp Fest" takes place each spring on the South Oval (you can get a serious contact high just from walking within a block of it). There are also constant campus flyers for events where you can win free water pipes. While this marijuana subculture isn't officially supported in any way, it is pretty evident; however, it is also quite easy to avoid, and there isn't any social pressure. Stoners tend to band together and not go to class. Outside of the pot crowd, there isn't any readily available or evident drug market, and little to worry about beyond the ever-present alcohol.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
(614) 253-8501
Drug Counseling Programs
Crossroads Recovery Services
(614) 445-0352
Asistance for drug, alcohol, marijuana, and domestic violence problems
Drug Counseling Programs
Focus Health Care
(614) 885-1944
Intensive outpatient services for drug abuse
Drug Counseling Programs
The John C. Wilce Student Health Center
(614) 292-0113
Counseling, drug abuse prevention, and a medical staff
Drug Counseling Programs
OSU Counseling & Consultation Services
(614) 292-5766
Counseling and consultation services to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and their spouses/partners

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 157 responses

  • 42% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 158 responses

  • 32% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 19% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 2% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 157 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 11% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 49% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 34% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 157 responses

  • 18% Practically unlimited.
  • 49% Somewhat abundant.
  • 29% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 156 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 36% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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