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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As someone who chooses not to drink or take any drugs, I am not aware of the alcohol/drug consumption/usage that goes on campus so my answers are based on what I've been exposed to which is not a lot.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug safety here is great. Some students drink, and some use marijuana, but it's not really a public thing. There is zero peer pressure. The motto is really: Live and let live. You really can have a great time without (or with!) alcohol here.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have never seen anyone get drunk or stoned, and there is lots of education about the topic.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: If you don't want to smoke, drink, or do other drugs, there is NO pressure to do so.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is not a whole lot of hard drug activity.


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There really is no way to get around the fact that Brandeis students like weed, and you can feel marijuana’s presence everywhere on campus, especially on the weekends. You can certainly avoid it if it’s not your scene, but if you want it, there is an abundance. There are constant rumors circulating about students smoking with professors or hotboxing public rooms. Students caught with a covered smoke detector will be fined by the school. On average, probably about half of the Brandeis population smokes weed at least once within their four years here, and the other half tends to take a very anti-drug stance.

If you’re looking for more hardcore drugs, look to other colleges. There are hardcore drugs at Brandeis, but only a small population uses them. Ritalin and Adderall are the second most popular drugs at Brandeis, which makes sense considering how hard most students study. There are the few people who love to experiment, try acid, and snort Vicodin and cocaine or whatever they can get, but most people who use drugs stick to weed for relaxation and Ritalin or Adderall to study—and most of these people don’t even consider these drugs.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Presciption "study" drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Drug and Alcohol Counseling
The Health Center
(781) 736-3677

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 48 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 39% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 38% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 46% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% 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 48 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 48% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 47 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 28% Somewhat limited.
  • 64% Somewhat abundant.
  • 6% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 47 responses

  • 60% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 36% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 2% 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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