Most Reed students believe that, while Reed does possess a prevalent drug scene, the scene doesn't pressure students to become part of it. Although drugs do float rather freely around campus, students that choose to do these drugs respect other students while using them. Rarely do students feel pressured to use drugs, and rarely do those who use drugs use them in such a way as to make others around them uncomfortable. Essentially, Reed students respect the desires and comfort zones of other students. Be warned: A sizably-large drug scene does exist at Reed. The fallacy comes in stating that it is larger or any worse than the drug scenes at other schools. At other schools, though, the drug scene simply isn't as open as it is at Reed. People attending those schools do drugs behind closed doors and in secrecy. When in need, these people are afraid to go to school authorities for help in fear of the repercussions. Reed differs because our drug scene does not hide behind closed doors; we openly admit to using drugs in moderation and generally attempt to use them responsibly in safe conditions. Although the administration at Reed has become slightly more conservative toward drug and alcohol use over the past few years, the drug scene has not undergone much change as a result. In years past, people were known to very publicly smoke pot in the grassy areas of campus.
The philosophy of most Reedies is that being out in the open and safe is a whole lot better than being secretive and potentially harmful to yourself or others. Furthermore, the compassionate and understanding position of Community Safety enables students to not fear seeking help. Getting a little talk on responsible drug use and safe practices is better than overdosing alone in your room.