Drug Safety

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've heard of people using drugs but never seen it myself and certainly don't feel pressured into using drugs or even going out.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug use is not a huge problem on campus to my knowledge. Students are more concerned about academics.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: So, the drug scene is not as visual as you expect it to be on a liberal campus. However, the alcohol visibility is intense. Let's just say that first-years are heavy users of alcohol at the Frat parties, and no one bats an eye.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: I know I am free to be drug-free.

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College Junior

Drug Safety: Just like everywhere else, there are people who abuse both drugs and alcohol. If necessary the campus police have them picked up and taken off accordingly. But as shown above, you can have a great social life at school without having to partake of any of these items.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 149th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1048th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1156th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1188th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1225th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kavita Gupta
Austin, Texas
Grad Year
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Students are fully warned of the dangers that drugs can pose prior to their arrival for classes, but some still find themselves caught up in that scene. UNC has made many counseling services available for these students. For example, Student Health Services provides plenty of aid and advice for students to control the partying and addictions that can sometimes come with the college experience. Many students fail to recognize the dangers of certain lifestyles and don't get the help that is being offered to them, but Carolina has a very accepting atmopshere and will always help those who ask for it. 

Typically, drugs aren't a problem at UNC. If you are looking for them, they probably aren't hard to find, but if you don't want them, there isn't any reason that you would be exposed to them. The most prevalent drug on campus is alcohol, and while it is abused quite frequently on campus and off, students generally take safety precautions when they are drinking. The second most popular drug on campus is marijuana, and many students find themselvs smoking it. People at UNC respect each other's lifestyles, and if that is the route you choose to go, you won't be judged, but it is advisable to utilize one of the many services that the University provides to make sure it doesn't become a problem.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
UNC Student Health Services
(919) 966-6586
Alcohol & drug counseling, alcohol education classes, driving while impaired treatment, drug and alcohol assessments, tobacco use and smoking cessation, outreach and education, in-house education resources

Student Polls

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

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 4% None
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 70 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 3% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 43% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 53% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 70 responses

  • 16% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 57% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 3% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 70 responses

  • 23% Practically unlimited.
  • 56% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% 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.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 49% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 38% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.


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