Drug Safety

Stony Brook, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$17,810 ($5,870)
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College Senior

Drug Safety: I commute, but I don't know anyone using

College Junior

Drug Safety: The one time i actually saw and smelled drugs was during the fall semester walking near the dorms. Students were smoking weed.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I have not seen of heard of any students using drugs on campus. I have witness a few students drinking alcohol, but they were of age.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are a lot of party opportunities. Frat and Sorority houses are located off campus. Not everyone drinks, you can find a lot of people who do not.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Police are pretty strict about smoking weed, and aren't afraid to arrest someone. peer pressure isn't an issue usually. people understand if you don't want to drink and will not force you too.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 300th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 669th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 993rd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1035th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1220th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Barbara Ross
Hopewell Junction, NY
Business Management
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On Thursday nights inside the dorms, it’s pretty much a given that there will be drinking, and maybe even smoking. Most of the newer buildings have advanced smoke alarms that can tell if someone is covering them in any way. If someone tries to prevent the alarms from detecting any smoking going on in a room, it will go off. However, in most of the older buildings (e.g. Roosevelt), you can pretty much get away with whatever you want—alarm covered or not. Catching a whiff of marijuana is definitely not uncommon during any day of the week. Spend just a little time inside the residence halls, and most people know about it.

It is generally alcohol and marijuana that students use, but there are cases of harder drugs, including LSD, mushrooms, cocaine, and ecstasy. That’s not to say that there is any kind of pressure to indulge. Students do what they like, and drugs can easily be avoided. However, it is a pretty common sight to witness drunken stupidity at all hours of the night. Don’t let the noise get out of hand, or you will find a very pissed RA or University Police officer banging at your door, and the consequences can be harsh. Community service is no fun when there are finals to study for. As it turns out, caffeine is probably the most widely-used drug on campus, and Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are very popular places around finals week, or any day of any week.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Employee Assistance Program
(631) 632-6085
Drug Counseling Programs
Interfaith Center
(631) 632-6565
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Center
(631) 632-6720

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 78 responses

  • 36% Marijuana
  • 35% Alcohol
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 79 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 19% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 39% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 78 responses

  • 12% Practically unlimited.
  • 45% Somewhat abundant.
  • 36% Somewhat limited.
  • 8% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 78 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 6% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 47% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 46% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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