Drug Safety

Coral Gables, FL
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1 College Senior

Drug Safety: I'm not interested in finding drugs, but if I wanted to experiment, it'd be incredibly easy to access any kind of drug. They flow as much as the empanadas.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Most of the drug use takes place off campus. We're in Miami so obviously there's a lot of partying: booze, coke, ecstasy/molly, etc, but if you don't want to be involved in any of that, you certainly don't have to be. There's plenty to do in Miami besides getting hammered.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school does its best to provide drug safety.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: The campus police just need to look. Also, with a "smoke free" campus, it's no where close

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not difficult at all to get your hands on drugs or alcohol


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 71st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1229th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1230th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1233rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1263rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sana Khan
Lauderhill, FL
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College mirrors reality in that if you want drugs, you can always find them. Miami, like any big city, has its fair share of bad neighborhoods and drug addicts. But it’s easy to stay away from them, especially around the campus in upscale Coral Gables. The only drug being really abused on UM’s campus is alcohol, and that’s true of almost all colleges. There are groups of students that are into marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, or various other drugs, but dealing is not really a problem on campus, and most RAs are pretty strict about looking out for drug use in the dorms. Given UM’s fairly difficult classes, most hardcore drug users aren’t going to be around for long.

Most students don’t seem worried about drugs on campus. While UM isn’t going to make any top-10 lists of schools with drug problems, there is certainly a dependency on alcohol at social events and in the lives of most students. Alcohol is most popular with incoming freshmen, who seem to feel the need to abuse it once they get away from their parents. It stays a force throughout college life, especially once you and your friends start turning 21. Most of the time, your exposure to drugs at school depends on who you makes friends with. It’s not hard to get sucked into a circle of potheads if you let it happen, but if you want to say no, you won’t have a problem. Turning down alcohol at UM can be more difficult, as it plays an extremely important part in most students’ social lives.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students)
Alcohol education in regards to college students
Drug Counseling Programs
(305) 284-6120
Alcohol and drug education, prevention, and intervention
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Counseling Center
(305) 284-5511
General psychological counseling service, referrals to specialized counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 71 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% None
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 71 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 25% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 42% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 28% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 71 responses

  • 32% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 44% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 30% Practically unlimited.
  • 46% Somewhat abundant.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 10% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 6% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 30% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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