Drug Safety

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There's enough people taking these for sure. Not sure if it's really on campus, but more so off-campus.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's hard to rate this because it's college and kids should experiment with their drinking. And well, since the school is strict with freshman dorms, no one can really drink unless they're at a huge party.

I've also never seen anyone get in trouble for holding any substance except at the concerts because people will pre game and do something stupid and get hurt.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: you have the few students here and there but its rare to see that, and no peer pressure.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: People are not pressuring others

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Despite the university's efforts, people are still finding ways to get drunk and high at the same time.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 618th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 716th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 764th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 840th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1052nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Veitch Student Center, North Wing
(951) 827-5531
Counseling, support groups
Did You Know?
Although there has been a year-to-year decline in the use of heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines among adolescents, the misuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications is a growing concern.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 99 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% None
  • 5% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 99 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 9% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 26% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 48% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 99 responses

  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 21% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 15% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 99 responses

  • 16% Practically unlimited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 20% Somewhat limited.
  • 19% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 99 responses

  • 6% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 8% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 35% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 51% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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