Drug Safety

Syracuse, NY
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a huge part of the social scene at SU. The university is in the top 10 for parting colleges. Not too much peer pressure to do any drugs, but alcohol yes. Police seem to just ignore it unless trouble is started.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: student union is very strict about students' drug use/abuse

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of drug abuse at Syracuse, I believe it is pretty much condoned until somebody gets really sick or hurt.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Cops bust parties all the time, yes. But I haven't heard of anyone getting in trouble at these parties for drinking. Weed is very prominent on campus. You smell it in the dorms all the time and no one gets in trouble for it. There are always people going off to smoke in the parks and woods around campus, as long as you are careful then no one cares. When big concerts come to town you can bet half the people there will be on Molly or E. I would say there is a good deal of drug usage, especially drinking, but there isn't an issue with peer pressure. If you don't do it, you don't do it, you might just get irritated with all the drunk people on the weekends.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People drink to much and I do not think it is necessary it is bad for your health.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 9th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1285th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1323rd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1325th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1329th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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The drug scene at Syracuse University is more than likely no different than at most schools across the United States. If a random poll of students were taken, a few would be serious drug users, some would be occasional users, and many would not use drugs at all. Marijuana is clearly the drug of choice for students, excluding alcohol, and it can be easily found on campus. Even if an individual is not an avid user, more than likely, he or she knows someone who sells weed.

At almost every party a student will attend, some party-goers will be smoking pot. It will be tough for a student to avoid being around marijuana for all four years at SU, but if the person truly doesn't want to use, it will be easy to find ways to evade it. The Options program in the Health Center is excellent for students who feel they have a problem and would like a private counselor to help them. The staff is knowledgeable and caring.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Educational Outreach
Drug Counseling Programs
Health enhancement program
Drug Counseling Programs
OPTIONS program
Drug Counseling Programs
Project CARE
Drug Counseling Programs
Substance abuse prevention
Drug Counseling Programs
Twelve Point Plan

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 93 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 47% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 37% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 11% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 2% 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 93 responses

  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 30% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 16% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 93 responses

  • 37% Practically unlimited.
  • 46% Somewhat abundant.
  • 13% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 93 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 24% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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