Drug Safety

Athens, GA
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College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't drink or do drugs, so it is hard for me to say, but the party scene is big here.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people party on the weekend.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I rarely if ever have seen people at UGA participating in these activities.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I never seen any drug scene in school.

2 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There isn't that big of a drug scene in Athens. Plenty of people get healthy and make good choices.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1166th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1218th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1320th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1329th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Joshua Benton
Norfolk, VA
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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Alcohol is probably the most abused substance on campus. Drinking is definitely one of the most popular pastimes at UGA. Alcohol is pretty easy to get no matter what age you are, and the excitement of downtown just encourages more drinking. Adderall and other speed-based pharmaceuticals are extremely popular during finals and midterms. You’d be surprised at the number and type of students that pop pills for that last focused minute of cramming. Cocaine, Ecstasy, and magic mushrooms are also popular drugs among the Athens set.

Smoking pot is pretty common, but if someone is smoking in a dorm, he or she is usually caught pretty quickly. I have heard that Creswell Hall is one of the most common places people obtain and smoke pot, but I think this may be because High Times magazine once ranked the dorm as one of the top “weed” dorms in the country several years ago—quite a coincidence, being that the dorm was already nicknamed “The Big Green Monster.”

Drugs in Athens are expensive, and the mark-up for various substances is substantial—especially if the dealer thinks you’re “green” and knows you’re a freshman. For many students, consuming various drugs (semi)responsibly is a daily routine; hence, the drug scene is hardly noticeable. Ultimately, the ‘drug scene’ is an invisible, fringe one in Athens, unless you’re looking for them, in which case, there is a cornucopia.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Xanax and other pharmaceuticals
Drug Counseling Programs
Advantage Behavior Health Systems
(706) 369-5745
Alcohol assessments, a risk reduction course for students, and treatment options
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
(706) 543-0436
Self-help group for students struggling with alcoholism
Drug Counseling Programs
Commencement Center
(706) 475-5797
Many treatments are available for students suffering from alcohol and drug related addictions
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
(706) 542-2273
Psychologists team up to work with students suffering from alcohol or drug-related issues. Individual therapy sessions are also available by appointment
Drug Counseling Programs
Health Promotion Department
(706) 542-8690
Courses concerning alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; support groups, counseling, intervention information, and a health resource library
Drug Counseling Programs
Medical Clinic
(706) 542-8666
Drug testing and counseling for smokers trying to quit

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 133 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 44% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% 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 134 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 10% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 49% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 35% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 133 responses

  • 34% Practically unlimited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 13% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 133 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 36% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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