The Riverside Police force stationed on campus keeps the drug scene nearly invisible; nevertheless, like at any college, there are those who still partake in drugs, but usually only in the privacy of their own homes. The majority of students who participates in the drug scene sticks to alcohol, primarily at parties and other social events, or marijuana. Illegal drugs are typically used on campus in the dorms, despite the academic consequences if caught, which can range from a fine to jail time. UCR itself has an active drug prevention campaign and offers counseling to those in need. Generally, drug users keep their habits to themselves, though “potheads” and “pill-poppers” can turn up at parties around campus.
Unfortunately, alcohol and other drugs are easily accessible to underage students, but by personal choice rather than peer pressure. Indeed, most students are of the opinion that a good social life is available without drugs or alcohol. Overall, drugs are easy to avoid at UCR and are by no means pervasive.