Drug Safety

San Diego, CA
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: some people do it some people don't

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I think as adults, you can't really tell students what to do. Everyone is an adult already and if they want to party like crazy then it is their choice. All instructors tell their students to not party too much, but it is really up to that student.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The biggest form of drugs used is Marijuana but I have heard of people doing cocaine, though I have never seen it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While not extremely obvious, its safe to assume that the majority of people at State are into at least alcohol.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drug's isn't that big of deal. There is only a small number of individual who actually participate. If you pick your friends wisely you won't feel as pressured to participate but if you go to frat parties the pressure will most definitely be there.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 97th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1242nd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1290th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1300th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1322nd
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
San Diego, CA
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Marijuana has a large following here at San Diego State and alcohol an even larger one. Other than those two substances, there are not many other drugs used heavily. Occasionally, you will here about or see someone snorting cocaine, popping ecstasy, or taking OxyContin. It all depends on what circles you run in. Hardcore drug use, the kind Hunter S. Thompson would be proud of, is not the norm. If you truly want to get into some heavy stuff, I’ve been told that you can find it. On the contrary, if you want to surround yourself in a clean and drug-free environment, you could just as easily do that.

Like many campuses, drugs are fairly common and accessible if you come in contact with the right people. In 2008, San Diego State was nationally noticed for the infamous drug bust occurring on campus, referred to as Operation Sudden Fall. The six-month prolonged investigation centered on several San Diego State fraternity houses brought about the arrest of 96 individuals, 75 of which were San Diego State students. Home grown marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy were some of the illegal drugs dealt on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services
2109 Student Services East
(619) 594-5220
Individual counseling, support groups, psychological consultation
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
5500 Campanile Dr.
(619) 594-4133
Personal health-related counseling by appointment

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 144 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Ecstasy
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 2% None
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 144 responses

  • 34% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 39% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 144 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 24% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 31% 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 144 responses

  • 26% Practically unlimited.
  • 49% Somewhat abundant.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 6% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 143 responses

  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 18% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 48% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 29% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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