Drug Safety

Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
20,306
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You can get anything if you try. Crazy drug conversations in the showers. Lots of sniffing lines.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: many students around smoke marijuana

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: never had a issue. not very widely used

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: They call it the Zoo for a reason

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1298th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1333rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1333rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1334th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
Hometown
New York City
Major
Communications
Grad Year
2015
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It is far more common for students at UMass to use alcohol on the weekends than drugs, but marijuana takes a close second. Other drugs that could be considered "popular" here are prescription drugs like Adderall and ecstasy, but users of hard drugs tend to stay under the radar about their behavior. Due to the huge population at UMass, it is possible to find any type of drug you could ever want, but drugs are also completely avoidable. You may be asked if you want to drink or smoke weed (most likely for the sake of politeness), but don't worry about being pressured to use hard drugs unless you seek them out. Central Residential Area has the most noticeable drug culture on campus, but Southwest is not far behind. However, the UMPD and Amherst Police Department do their jobs well and deter people from doing drugs. For example, a large drug bust was made in Southwest one semester, and police confiscated large quantities of drugs and money. Sure enough, the front page of the next day's Daily Collegian was completely devoted to this story. Tactics like this are just one of the ways police remind students that drugs will not be tolerated on campus. Basically, the bottom line is that yes, drugs are around and available. But if you wish to not partake in the activity, there are plenty of other activities to consume your time.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
1,878
Alcohol-Related Arrests
316
Drug-Related Referrals
147
Drug-Related Arrests
182
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Fresh & Sober
University Health Services
(413) 577-5188
Anonymous support group, mentoring system, support network

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 109 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Ecstasy
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 109 responses

  • 54% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 41% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 3% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 110 responses

  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 25% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 54% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 109 responses

  • 33% Practically unlimited.
  • 56% Somewhat abundant.
  • 11% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 110 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 20% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 56% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 21% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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