Drug Safety

Northampton, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a big alcohol and drug scene.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Never had a drug problem. No one forces you.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are around, especially if you live in the quad, but if that's not your thing p there are many people to hang out with who don't drink or smoke.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I've never felt pressured, but of course, there is alcohol at parties, and people trying to find weed.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: About half of campus partakes in drug/party culture. People drink a lot on weekends because there is really nothing else to do at this school. We have lots of transports to the hospital every weekend for intoxicated people. Weed is pretty widely used, people do coke and adderall is popular for studying. Then again, drug culture is kind of secretive since our campus is so strict so its not like people talk about these things publicly.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 255th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 562nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 885th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1011st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1080th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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Drug use is fairly significant on campus, but it is not highly visible. In general, Smith students who use drugs do them with others who do, so non-users feel very little pressure to use drugs because of how insular the various drug-using groups are. If you want drugs, it’s possible to get them, but it’s not as though dealers are announcing their presence, and no one is running around trying to sell drugs.

Cocaine is a fairly common drug on campus, but it is mostly underground. There is a more significant use of softer drugs—alcohol and marijuana are highly prevalent on campus. It’s also not uncommon to hear of students selling, taking, or snorting Ritalin or Adderall during finals. It would be difficult to estimate the number of students who do this because, like most drug use on campus, it is largely hidden. Overall, drugs are a dominant force on campus for students who choose to be a part of that scene, but those who want to stay away from them don’t have a problem doing so. There is very strict enforcement by Residence Life staff and Public Safety, so students who do choose to use drugs are forced to be discrete.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Elizabeth Mason Infirmary
(413) 585-2840
Counseling regarding abuse issues, resources

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 28 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 36% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 11% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 54% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 50% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 43% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Practically unlimited.
  • 56% Somewhat abundant.
  • 33% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 56% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 44% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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