Drug Safety

Buffalo, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$16,190 ($5,570)
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You often hear about how students have been doing drugs or how amazing the party was.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I only see beer bottles once.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The usage of drugs and alcohol is well monitored. Many of the students partaking are relatively stealthy and the enforcement

of any sort of issues is always handled promptly.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: UB Police and the RA's are very strict about drug use.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Unless you are going to parties where you know people will be drinking or smoking, you will not be pressured or anything and will be safe from it all. You put yourself into those situations, and then it can get pretty bad.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 323rd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 830th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1011st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1237th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1270th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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The drug scene at UB is much like the student club scene. While it's easy to ignore if you don't want to get involved, there are plenty of opportunities for the enterprising student. Smoking pot in the dorms is common but risky because students can get community service hours from the student judiciary. The drug scene is more visible off campus. The majority of students don't try anything more serious than pot, but nobody has any illusions that more serious abuses don't happen behind closed doors. In recent years, ecstasy (or "E") has become popular at parties and clubs. Some students use `shrooms, and there are plenty of rumors about cocaine use.

Partly due to traffic in potent Canadian pot, the city of Buffalo is an infamous transfer point in the international drug trade. As a result, though it exists almost completely below the radar of the campus culture, UB has a bizarre drug-trafficking underworld that only surfaces once or twice a semester when students hear of an armed robbery or kidnapping on campus. These incidents are extremely rare, however. While caffeine abuse plagues many colleges, it is not much of a factor at UB, partly because there are fewer academic pressures. But alcohol flows like Niagara Falls. The good news is that the school's diversity indicates that it's not the least bit difficult for a straight-edge student to find other people who want to have fun without getting wasted.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Psychedelic mushrooms
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
120 Richmond Quad
(716) 645-2720
Online mental health screening, group counseling, individual counseling, crisis intervention, safe zone, self-help materials

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 67 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% None
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 18% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 31% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 33% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 13% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 67 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 19% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 43% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 27% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 67 responses

  • 24% Practically unlimited.
  • 42% Somewhat abundant.
  • 27% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 67 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 36% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 55% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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