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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not that much peer-pressure, and if it's not your thing you'll definitely be able to still "fit-in". Weed and alcohol are the two biggest substances on campus, not including adderall. It's not hard to obtain, and is generally a norm with the college culture of Eugene. It's present if you hang around people that partake in it, and it's not if you don't. It's a college campus, and it's going to exist no matter what.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I think that it is a pretty safe and mellow scene

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I know many people who use drugs, and even more who don't. By far the most common is pot, but shrooms, molly and adderall are present as well. However, if you choose not to participate, no one will pressure you at all. Alcohol is extremely common, and I have yet to meet more than a select few people who choose not to participate. I'm sure if you don't want to drink, though, you could find some people who feel the same way.

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  • 77th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1165th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1259th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1260th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1286th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Amy Beemer
Pacific Palisades, CA
Grad Year
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It's a well-known fact among many Eugenians that weed spreads like wildfire. UO's drug scene could be frowned on by some based on how readily available such substances as marijuana and mushrooms are. However, one characteristic of the drug scene around Eugene is that peer pressure is rarely an issue; although there is a visible segment of the population that chooses to partake, you're not likely to feel left out if you say no. Security officials do make an effort to combat drug pushers, but marijuana (and other drugs, to a lesser degree) is still easy to come by. Students speak of harder drugs such as cocaine and LSD being common, but everything besides marijuana and mushrooms seems to be kept quiet.

UO's drug scene is very lifestyle-based, which means that it's easy to avoid. If you choose not to hang out with people who do drugs, you may not even encounter them during your time on campus. Although it seems like the drug scene is more prevalent than at other colleges, the absence of peer pressure and pushing means that the campus still has a safe, positive atmosphere overall. You really won't find any college campus where drugs are not talked about or present.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling & Testing Center
E. 13th Avenue at Agate Street
On campus
(541) 346-3227
Drug Counseling Programs
HIV Alliance
1966 Garden Ave.
(541) 342-5088
Drug Counseling Programs
Serenity Lane
616 E. 16th Ave.
(541) 687-1110
Alcohol and drug rehab
Drug Counseling Programs
Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP)
180 Esslinger Hall
On campus
(541) 346-4135

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 98 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 97 responses

  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 27% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 97 responses

  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 54% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% 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 97 responses

  • 19% Practically unlimited.
  • 47% Somewhat abundant.
  • 29% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 96 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 18% 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.
  • 30% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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