Drug Safety

West Lafayette, IN
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$28,702 ($9,900)
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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: We have had many crackdowns on underage drinking and illegal substance abuse to the point that if it does happen you wont hear about it at least

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is not really existent - if you don't want to drink that's your choice

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Its fine not that bad at all

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I really know little about this. I'm not an undergraduate.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I rarely see any seriously drunk students and I have never seen a student who seems to be suffering from the effects of drugs other than alcohol.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 111st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 861st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1075th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1215th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1225th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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The drug scene on Purdue’s campus is much like the wind blowing through the trees—you can’t see it, but you know it’s there. The drug lifestyle is pretty much hidden away underground. Students agree that if you wanted to find such substances, you would have no problem doing so, but you won’t have pushers coming up to you on the Memorial Mall.

That isn’t to say that drugs don’t exist, but the most visible drugs at Purdue are the same that will be found on any college campus: alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine, with small doses of marijuana scattered here and there. A student could easily sail through their time at Purdue without ever encountering the drug scene—unless they really wanted to find it.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
  • Nicotine
Drug Counseling Programs
CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
Provides drug and alcohol counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 111 responses

  • 46% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 14% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 49% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 112 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 2% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 58% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 111 responses

  • 16% Practically unlimited.
  • 53% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 111 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 40% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 48% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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