Drug Safety

Madison, WI
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$26,628 ($10,378)
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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of students smoke weed to ease the stress of classes, but no one treats you differently if you don't.

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College Junior

Drug Safety: I have very little knowledge of this and I don't partake myself.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: A TON of people drink on campus. I have not experienced too much peer pressure though. Most people are pretty understanding if you choose not to take part in it.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are some that participate but if you chose to avoid them its not dominant.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I did not start drinking alcohol until I came to school here. I never felt pressured by my friends; it was my decision to drink. I know plenty of people who do not participate and have a wonderful experience here anyways. I see a fairly great amount of marijuana usage, but I have not experienced use of more serious drugs. Policy enforcement in residence halls varies based on the hall itself and the house fellow.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1278th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1327th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1329th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1339th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marie Puissant
Green Bay, Wis.
Marketing and English
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Students do not deny the presence and habitual use of drugs at UW. Whether it is alcohol, marijuana, or prescription pills, many have seen or experienced drug use first-hand. The easiest drugs to obtain are alcohol and marijuana. Students say that house parties and dorms are some of the easiest places to obtain these drugs.

The choice to use drugs is really just that-a choice. Students don't feel pressured to do drugs, and say the amount of drugs being used generally depends on the crowd with which you associate. If the campus or Madison police catch you with illegal substances, there will be consequences. Officers don't think twice about handing out tickets along with hefty fines.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol Smart Classes
(608) 222-7311
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health/Mental Health Services
881 Commonwealth Ave. (west entrance)
(617) 353-3575
Drug Counseling Programs
UHS Counseling
905 University Ave.
(608) 265-5600

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 82 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 82 responses

  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 24% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 46% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% 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 81 responses

  • 60% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 81 responses

  • 52% Practically unlimited.
  • 37% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Somewhat limited.
  • 1% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 81 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 17% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 22% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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