Drug Safety

Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Depending on the type of people that you spend time with, you will have varying levels of exposure to drugs and alcohol, but I have never been in a situation where I felt pressured to do something I wasn't comfortable with.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of both alcohol & drugs on campus, however, I'm guessing it's all the same in schools all around. It's also fairly easy to stay uninvolved in these types of actions. The drug and alcohol policy at USC is also well enforced.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: It could be better at football games with better policies.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of students drink here, especially because of all the tailgating opportunities. Drugs are a lot less common and fly more under the radar, but still present. There isn't much peer pressure but the opportunity to drink is almost always available. There are also a ton of things to do that don't include drinking or drugs and its perfectly acceptable to not drink at tailgates too

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are present but not rampant


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 178th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1084th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1156th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1208th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1234th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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The drug scene at USC is not highly visible but exists nonetheless. Marijuana is the most common drug of choice, but a students can find almost anything if they really want to. The prominence of the drug scene depends on the crowd a student chooses to associate with. When students do choose to get high, they usually do it in privacy with their circle of friends or at parties. You will not see students pressuring anyone else into doing drugs because people are more concerned about using it for their own entertainment rather than making money by selling it. But if a student wants the drugs, they are there for the taking.

Alcohol stands alone in terms of consumption frequency and ease of attainment. Students of all ages drink in the dorms, in bars, and at parties. Unfortunately, even those who don’t drink are sometimes vexed by its consequences. Whether it’s the stench of barf in the elevator because someone couldn’t hold their liquor, or the loud hall mates who wake you up in the wee hours of the morning, alcohol affects everyone. There is no way to escape exposure to it, but then again, there is rarely peer pressure to drink if you don’t want to. The extent of a student’s exposure to drugs really depends on their friends and the atmosphere in which they live.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Program
(585) 275-3161
Treatment for patients with alcohol and drug problems through therapy and substance abuse sessions
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Human Development Center
(585) 777-5223
Substance abuse workshop, which increases students' personal awareness of their relationship with drugs and helps them make healthier lifestyle choices
Drug Counseling Programs
Thomson Student Health Center
(585) 275-2361
Smoking cessation programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 105 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 105 responses

  • 26% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 34% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 105 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 34% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 43% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 105 responses

  • 24% Practically unlimited.
  • 51% Somewhat abundant.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 105 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 53% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 32% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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