Drug Safety

Location
Huntsville, TX
Undergrads
12,968
Tuition (in-state)
$15,032 ($6,608)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of binge drinking happening. I am not sure about the drugs since I do not partake.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Almost every college student here drinks. It's really the only thing to do in Huntsville. So there is always a party or bar hopping going on somewhere.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are obviously used on any college campus. At Sam Houston State University, it is a very quiet activity. It's not very noticeable around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You don't see people with drugs. But they are out and browsing for people to sell drugs too.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: In my school you won't really see anyone doing drugs, but you'll smell it sometimes in the hallway and that usually when are cops gets involved.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 369th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 466th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 645th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 734th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 974th
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roberautrice Eddie
Hometown
Hanau, Germany
Major
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
2013
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Drugs are present at Sam Houston, but use and exposure is very minimal. Whether at a party or just hanging out, drugs—legal and illegal—are seldom visible. One reason drug use may be so low here is because there are so many law enforcement officials in Huntsville, home to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and at SHSU. The single most commonly used drug at SHSU is alcohol, and it is very visible at almost any venue. At any given time, if a student goes out with his/her friends, there will almost certainly be people drinking at this event. Despite the omnipresence of alcohol at social gatherings, there is little to no peer pressure to drink or use drugs because everyone seems to respect people’s choices of using or not using.

And while alcohol is very visible, the restaurants, clubs, bars, and other social hangout places ID students and have very strict underage drinking restrictions. The University also has a low tolerance for underage drinking and drug use. Any student living on campus found with illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia will immediately be evicted from their residence hall and will be subject to suspension from the University by the Dean of Students’ Office. SHSU takes drug use seriously and makes the security of its students the most important priority.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
2
Alcohol-Related Arrests
84
Drug-Related Referrals
3
Drug-Related Arrests
33
Most Popular Drugs
Alcohol
Drug Counseling Programs
Sam Houston State University Counseling Center
Next to Farrington Building
Huntsville
(936) 294-1720
Twelve-step alcoholic and substance abuse groups, individual counseling for alcohol and drug abuse
Did You Know?
SHSU has an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative that holds annual summits, including Reducing Irresponsible Drinking and Drugs (RIDD) Week, to raise awareness about irresponsible drug use.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 82 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Steroids
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 18% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 28% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 22% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 59% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 13% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 81 responses

  • 17% Practically unlimited.
  • 35% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Somewhat limited.
  • 22% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 81 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 4% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 35% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 58% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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