Drug Safety

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Drug Safety: The administration is very big on harm reduction. Making sure people are safe is by far the biggest priority. If you are under 21 drinking in a dorm before you go to the party will pretty much be the only way to drink. Drinking in dorms is easy and the RA's are not out to get you. As long as you are not being too loud and keep your door closed you will not get in trouble. If you are over 21 you can just get alcohol at the party. If you want to smoke weed you will find people to smoke with, if you don't won't really notice it. Other drugs are used by certain people, but unless you want to be apart of it you probably won't ever know of their use.

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  • 213rd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 296th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1044th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1120th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1122nd
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Well, the fact is that just about any drug one desires is available on campus, but drugs are not a highly visible part of campus life. Tons of people drink, and many smoke pot, but there are also select pockets of the student body that use other drugs, as well. Ecstasy is big sometimes, as are shrooms and acid. Cocaine is available, but only the richest use it with anything approaching regularity. Lots of students use pills as study aids, at least that's what they claim the pills are for, but harder stuff like meth or heroin is almost nonexistent on campus. The conventional wisdom is that if you want to find a drug or a group of people who use a certain drug, you'll probably be successful, but if you don't, except for beer (and sometimes pot), you really won't have much experience with other drugs. Users tend to be somewhat responsible, and very circumspect, which is largely because the College is incredibly tolerant about pot and alcohol and hard on anything else.

Drugs aren't a necessity for a social life at Pomona; more often than not, they're an escape from a sometimes overwhelmingly-present social scene. Alcohol and pot are definitely mainstays of the social scene, but not the entire social scene. They can certainly be avoided if you want (especially if you live in a substance-free hall), but other drug use is generally geared toward escapism. The very fact that some students can attend Pomona for four years and be active and social and still have no idea of the extent to which drug use pervades the campus is proof positive that it's not generally that big of a deal. However, the grade would be higher save the prevalence of alcohol on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Confidential Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Jasa Cocke, Wig Hall A108
(909) 607-8763
Confidential counseling and support to students who may be dealing with chemical dependency issues

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 12 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 10% None
  • 7% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 23% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 54% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 62% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 8% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% 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 12 responses

  • 25% Practically unlimited.
  • 58% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 38% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 62% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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