Drug Safety

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Drug Safety


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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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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's definitely people who do drugs, but for the most part everyone respects people's wishes and activities.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are those that do but there is no pressure to join them.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't really notice any drug problems, but BU is overly strict about alcohol, with strict limits even for students age 21 and up.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are there if you want it, it's not uncommon to find underage students drinking because of upperclassmen friends who will buy them alcohol. If you're not into drinking or doing drugs you probably won't have a hard time finding friends here.

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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 126 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 2% 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 126 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 26% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 54% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 16% 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 126 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.
  • 60% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 18% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 125 responses

  • 9% Very limited.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 61% Somewhat abundant.
  • 11% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 125 responses

  • 31% 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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