Drug Safety

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
17,256
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you dont want to drink, you dont have to, but get involved in something, (sport, clubs,) or else you will feel left out and bored. but everyone doesn't drink its a myth to get you to drink

College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't really have experience with this topic

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Going out to bars has gotten a lot less popular because the police have cracked down on that sort of thing in other parts of the city. But basically Thursday through Sunday are drinking days, when it seems like half the campus is outside drunk.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While drugs are visible and not necessarily enforced, I don't feel there is pressure to use these drugs

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very prevalent. On weekends there are many options for going out including frats and house parties in South O. There are always drunk kids hanging around Towers on weekends. But alternatively, the school hosts many non-alcoholic events if drinking isn't your thing.

Drug usage is not as common. If you want to do drugs, you will find others who do as well but the same goes for non-drug users. There is no pressure to do anything you are uncomfortable with.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 64th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1100th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1214th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1270th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1274th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Vock
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
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Drugs exist on any college campus, and Pitt is about on par with other large public schools as far as prevalence goes. If you're in a position to see the drug scene at all, most of what you'll encounter will be alcohol and marijuana. Ecstasy, acid, and occasionally other "hard" drugs may appear, but use of these is even more subdued than marijuana. Although most of the common hard drugs can be found somewhere in the city of Pittsburgh, they've largely stayed outside of campus and away from Pitt students. All drug use around campus is discreet; many students have never personally encountered the drug scene at all, or they have only seen it from a distance at parties. You shouldn't need to worry about any pressure to use drugs, as long as you're careful about whom you make friends with. A good bit of the University's social scene includes, or revolves around, alcohol, and all but the most anti-social underclassmen are bound to encounter it at some point.

Even so, there still isn't a great deal of pressure to drink-again, this depends a lot on where you spend your time and how you choose your friends. It's important to remember that, for all the drunken parties you can find each weekend, there are also plenty of student group events and other things going on, both on and off campus, that don't involve alcohol at all. The decision to drink is left to you.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
178
Alcohol-Related Arrests
79
Drug-Related Referrals
18
Drug-Related Arrests
36
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
Medical Arts Building, 3708 Fifth Ave.
(412) 383-1800
Information and classes about drugs and alcohol
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Center
334 William Pitt Union
(412) 648-7930
Group counseling sessions, as well as individual meetings, about drug or alcohol concerns

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 117 responses

  • 42% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 117 responses

  • 22% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 55% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 17% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 3% 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 116 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 14% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 116 responses

  • 25% Practically unlimited.
  • 58% Somewhat abundant.
  • 11% Somewhat limited.
  • 6% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 116 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 17% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 41% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 41% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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