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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No real threat of hard drugs but weed and alcohol have a good presence.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Overall Bates is a very safe school. Sure some people might smoke some weed every now and then but overall Bates is very safe and drugs are not a problem.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Its very safe drug wise. Nothing too prominent.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol are here if you need/want them but there's plenty of people that don't.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It isn't openly visible, but like every other college/university, some students at Bates smoke pot. Likewise, some students drink alcohol.


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Aside from alcohol, marijuana is the drug of choice at Bates, and it’s definitely a presence on campus. Students don’t make much of an effort to keep their smoking under wraps. If someone bothers to light some incense to hide the scent of his or her pot, they’re being discreet. It’s fairly easy for students to acquire marijuana if they want to, usually through friends or friends-of-friends. Other drugs are also present but less obviously so. Bates students probably use or have tried pretty much every available drug, but everything harder than alcohol and marijuana is kept secret. It’s more difficult for people to get a hold of these harder drugs, but if students are persistent enough, they can probably find the coke that got Boston George arrested.

Bates is like most other colleges as far as drugs go—a majority of the campus drinks, a significant number of the students have at least tried marijuana, and more than a few are regular smokers and are not inclined to be secretive about doing so. Marijuana is definitely present, and you’d be hard-pressed to walk through the dorms without smelling pot. For students who don’t want to get involved in the drug scene, there are a variety of chem-free housing options that really are chem-free—smoking and drinking are prohibited within 20 feet of these buildings. There’s no social stigma attached to people who smoke marijuana, probably because so many people do smoke. Another reason for this is because the students who choose to smoke pot have to keep up with Bates’s challenging curriculum, so few people really abuse the drug.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes, cigars
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
St. Mary's Chemical Dependency Program
Health Center
Testing, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for further action

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 20 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 41% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 45% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 40% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 10% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 63% Somewhat abundant.
  • 21% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 19 responses

  • 42% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 47% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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