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Drug Safety


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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Administrators enforce drug safety, but it's still prevalent on campus. Honestly, if you're not involved in it, you won't hear much about it.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't encountered really any issues with drug safety. Policy is strict.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: In my experience I have never felt peer pressured to do anything, I think that experience varies depending on what people you chose to surround yourself by.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Some weekends outside of dorms you can smell pot, but other than that, the only time I see anything is at off-campus apartments.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a huge part of BU. Obviously there is some drinking and smoking pot, but in general it's okay.

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Ah, yes, the drug scene. Most students agree that drugs are certainly a prevalent and available source of recreation on and off campus. No one, however, feels that this sort of activity is so rampant that it puts a strain on campus life. The drug scene, while visible, is easily avoidable, and students have the ability to choose their own scene. It is really easy to find people who are into, or not into, just about everything. The drugs most readily seen on campus are alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy. Many also note that pharmaceuticals are often considered a “useful tool” for completing schoolwork or distressing from academic life.

As in any city, there are fluctuations in what is available, and whatever is circulating tends to be overpriced. To be brief, various social circles have their various social vices. Pick and choose as you see fit.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Pharmaceuticals
Drug Counseling Programs
The Boston University Counseling and Wellness Center
19 Deerfield St., 2nd floor
(617) 353-3540
Drug Counseling Programs
The Danielson Institute
185 Bay Street Rd.
(617) 353-3047
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health/Mental Health Services
881 Commonwealth Ave. (west entrance)
(617) 353-3575

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 130 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 130 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 27% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 54% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 130 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 3% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 61% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 18% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 130 responses

  • 9% Very limited.
  • 21% Somewhat limited.
  • 58% Somewhat abundant.
  • 12% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 130 responses

  • 32% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 52% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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