The drug scene is considerably tame for a wealthy school in the middle of a city that is famous for partying. Drinking is a daily custom in most fraternity houses at USC, especially when girls are around. On campus, drinking is prevalent but more discrete. Although more conservative social circles claim to be opposed to smoking and abusing heavier drugs, students are not blind to the fact that people get drunk and stoned at parties.
Basically, the wildest party-goers, mostly affluent Greek students, seek out cocaine and usually find it if they are willing to spend big bucks. For the most part, there is a lot of drinking, less marijuana smoking (but still a significant amount), and a small amount of cocaine and ecstasy abuse, usually reserved for big party nights. Hallucinogenic mushrooms hit campus occasionally and are usually bought up by marijuana smokers seeking a more intense high. For a school that was famous during the '80s and '90s for having the best cocaine in the West, USC has tamed down considerably. Even coffee, cigarettes, and Ritalin, three staple drugs for fast-moving students all over the country, are not very popular at USC, probably due to the fact that people are more health conscious here than in most other places.